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The Importance of Communication

As the world adjusts to life with social distancing, people are finding different ways to communicate with each other. Yet before texts and video calls, the written—or in this case, typed—word was one of the best ways to keep in touch.

This week’s ThrowbackThursday is from the early 1940s and shows a Beck & Pollitzer exhibition stand, designed and erected for the Oliver Typewriter Company. Unlike other typewriters of the time (1890s), “Olivers” were visible print machines, which meant that typists could see what they were writing as they wrote it.

This photo is taken after the British government became customers in 1939. At the time, the Oliver Typewriter Company was producing its ‘No. 15’ design, which featured a QWERTY layout similar to those found on modern computer keyboards. The government invested in large orders of ‘No. 15’, which then led to Oliver’s international success. They produced over one million machines for customers until they finally ended production in 1959.

Like the Oliver Typewriter Company, the global Beck & Pollitzer Group understands the importance of communication. We are committed to understanding our clients’ needs so we can provide them with the best service available, wherever they are in the world.