October 28, 2014: This page and a number of other pages on this website have photos that show pencil sharpeners and staplers in motion to enable you to see how they work. You can see the movement if you use the Firefox browser. Unfortunately, it appears that the newest version of Internet Explorer no longer recognizes the HTML code used for these moving pictures. I do not know about other browsers.
Early Office Museum Lobby
The Early Office MuseumTM engages in research on the history and evolution of offices, antique office machines and equipment, and business technology based on original documents, artifacts, and vintage photographs.
The Museum disseminates its research findings via exhibits on this web
site. To visit the Exhibits, please click on the preceding link or the link at the top of this page.
This virtual Museum was
founded in 2000. Since then, the Curator has expanded and updated
this website's content continuously and is doing so in 2016. The Museum is a website only and does not have a collection of office items
or a building.
We welcome photos, corrections, and additional information to improve our web site. You can send an email to the Curator.
We deal in historical
information and are not able to offer appraisals or information about current
market values. To find information on current market values, go to eBay.com. Search for the item or type of item, e.g., comptometer. On the page with search results, scroll down and click "Completed listings" in the left column. You will get all listings in the past 6 months, with initial asking prices in black font for items that did not sell and sale prices in green font for items that did sell. Click on "Sold listings" to see only the items that sold and their prices.
We do not have information on how to repair or
restore early machines or on how to obtain parts.
purchase some antique office items.
We are delighted to be included in The Collector's Weekly HALL OF FAME for Best Collector Sites on the Web.
More About the Museum
The Curator (seated center) and staff of three have worked like
dogs for more than 16 years to create this online museum, and all rights are
reserved. Please read the copyright notice at the bottom of the page.
Please contact the Curator to obtain permission to use the Museum's vintage photographs or to obtain high-resolution scans of those photographs.
The Museum has no government funding, membership fees, ticket
sales, endowment, or grants, employs no lobbyists, and donates to no politicians.
We thank the many museums, libraries, historical societies, and private collectors that have allowed
us to use their photographs and to photograph items in their collections.