IBM electric typewriters – The Executive: A tradition of excellence (1965)
This uncompromising dedication is reflected in the IBM executive, a typewriter that gives correspondence the look of fine printing — and creates impressions beyond words.
IBM Selectric typewriters: We found a way to speed up the alphabet (1965)
This ingenious little printing element speeds the work you do with the Selectric typewriter. It dances across the paper, typing each character with incredible speed. Faster than the eye can see.
And the single printing element lets you change type styles without changing machines. Just remove one element and click another into place. More than a dozen typefaces add versatility to productivity.
Between 1960 and 1965, the number of professional, technical and managerial people creating paperwork increased 22% over the number of people to do it.
By 1975, this gap will have grown to 57%.
It is actually going to reach a point where no matter how much you’re willing to pay in overtime. or for part-time help, and no matter how much you’re willing to lower your standards, you’re not going to get the work out.
We are running out of people to process paper.
Chaos around the corner?
Not quite. Right today, one man using IBM dictation equipment can get four times as much thinking recorded as he can by writing it down with a pencil, and very nearly twice as much as he can by dictating to a highly-skilled secretary. Without tying up the secretary’s time while he’s doing it.
And with the IBM MT/ST (a rather remarkable automatic typewriter that takes a secretary’s rough draft and types it back error-free at the rather remarkable rate of a page every two minutes), a secretary can get those thoughts out the door in final form, including your revisions, in half the time.
Used systematically throughout an office, these two pieces of IBM equipment alone have increased people’s productivity by 50%.