Retro office stuff

Retro office equipmentDymo label makers, # 1780, made in USA c.1972
Teledex index, made in Melbourne, Australia c.1970
Date stamp, made in Australia, sometime in the C20th

Retro office equipment- for real work, or just for fun! The 70s orange Dymo ‘1780’ label makers come with labelling tape – they take 3/8” tape [9mm] – so you can get labelling straight away.  The Dymo tape is still available; most larger stationery shops stock it. One of these label maker comes complete with its original box and full instructions. You can see the font type of the ‘1780’; just click on the image and look at the black label adorning the label maker on the left. The label is accurate it’s….FUN…FUN!

The mustard-coloured Teledex is bakelite, and comes complete with ‘unused’ pale blue file inserts. Very 70s! No retro inspired office should be without one. Sure, everyone keeps telephone numbers on their mobile phones nowadays…but how much fun is it to zip that little knob up and down and push the button to spring open the index? I could do it all day.

And no collection would be complete without a date stamp. Stamp like its 1999!

For sale: $AUD95

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14 thoughts on “Retro office stuff

  1. Such things existed in Europe as well at the same time. The colors where the same (this typical 1970s orange). From when on was there a global consumer culture? Did it start after World War II or even before.

    • that’s an interesting question. in australia we’ve always imported goods- especially from the mother land- and so i’m particularly interested in australian-made stuff.

      • Since in the British Empire, the mother land was probably the main industrial center, I guess it goes way back to the 19th century. Probably Australia exported goods like wool and imported industrial products, like dishes. But I am just speculating here, I don’t know.

    • now laurie, what are you implying? i bought these beauties fair and square from a second hand dealer. although i can’t vouch for where they got it from….

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