Woman'S Place Is At The Typewriter (Class And Culture) by Margery Davies

By Margery Davies

Explores the shift within the context of patriarchal social kinfolk that assigns a sexual divison of work as "natural"

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24 The Ayer management may have undertaken department reorganization and a division of labor ostensibly for reasons of "rationality" and "efficiency," but the fact that such changes also lowered labor costs was not ignored. The increasing division of labor at Ayer's developed concurrently with the growth of formal hierarchical structures. F. W Ayer himself at first rejected the advice of his own man- Office Work after the Civil War 42 agers, who had pressed for such innovations. His reluctance was not at all unusual.

But as lines of authority hardened and duties were more precisely spelled out, such initiatives on the part of clerical workers were likely to be discouraged. Ayer's management prided itself on its generous paternalism. This included such schemes as "premium time ... to encourage punctuality, service bonuses . . to foster loyalty, the savings funds and the Employees' Trust . . "27 But when it came to getting every last minute out of an employee's workday, the velvet glove came off to display the iron fist.

YOUR BROTHER SAM 14 And in March 1875, three months after he bought the machine, Twain was still willing to write a testimonial for the Remington catalogue that, all things considered, can probably be interpreted as an endorsement. Gentlemen: Please do not use my name in any way. Please do not even divulge the fact that I own a machine. I have entirely stopped using the Type-Writer, for the reason that I never could write a letter with it to anybody without receiving a request by return mail that I would not only describe the machine but state what progress I had made in the use of it, etc, etc.

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