‘How to be a Super Secretary’ Guide From 1945
The ‘How to be a Super Secretary’ guide from 1945 was at first a pamphlet which consisted out of a list of the bosses’ pet peeves. However, this pamphlet was more in line with how women were perceived during the 40’s and 50’s, right after World War II and during the Korean War.
A woman’s place was in the kitchen. That was almost a rule. If a woman did decide to step outside her kitchen boundaries, what else could she do than to start working as a secretary. It was definitely a man’s world back then and the ‘How to be a Super Secretary’ guide created by Remington Typewriters simply states the obvious.
Hagley Museum and Library managed to get this 1945 guide and digitized it for the whole world to enjoy.
“You might ask your boss from now until doomsday to help you find your flaws, and still he’d be reluctant to admit you had them,” the pamphlet begins.
“Bosses are mighty loyal.”
“Miss Olga Elkhouri, renowned typist and secretary”, reads the brochure.
“You save your glamour for evenings”; “You are pleasant, even under strain”; “You are truly humble”; “You hide your light” – these are just a few of the things a super secretary has to do in order to obtain and hold her ‘super’ status.
Remington Rand started manufacturing typewriters in 1927 and it had to design user manuals for them. They possibly didn’t realize the full potential of their pamphlet for secretaries and their bosses when they first created it, but shortly after it became incredibly popular throughout offices across the US.
Read the full 1945 pamphlet guide about secretaries on Hagley Digital Archives.