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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Photos that are the property of the Early Office Museum have been "pinned" on Pinterest.com. No one has asked for permission to post our copyrighted photos on the Pinterest website, and we have given no one permission to do so. Indeed, we explicitly deny permission to both "pinners" and Pinterest to do so and we object to their doing so.

For more than 15 years, one person has been entirely responsible for the Early Office Museum website. This person has spent countless hours and dollars to create a website that is educational and useful to collectors. Every day we answer questions about early offices and antique office machines from collectors, movie producers, exhibitors, and museums around the world. The action of Pinterest in posting our photos has substantially damaged our property and reduced our incentive to continue the online Early Office Museum. Also, during the time that we are forced to litigate with Pinterest to protect our work and viewership, we do not have time to continue improving the Museum website. Therefore, while Pinterest persists in posting our photos, all further work and investment to improve the Early Office Museum website has been suspended. Anything you can do to help is appreciated.


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.

We 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.

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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.

This page and a number of other pages on this website have videos 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. We do not know about other browsers.


Copyright 2000-2016.  All material on the Early Office Museum web site is copyrighted.  All rights are reserved.

First, you must not plagiarize our material.  Plagiarism is the act of passing off as your own the words, photographs, or other work of someone else.  That is, not giving appropriate credit. 

Second, you must not violate our copyright, which means you may not use any images or text from the Early Office Museum web site in publications, in direct mailing material, on web sites including Pinterest, in auction listings, or anywhere else without written permission from the Curator

In some cases, images belong to someone else, and we cannot give permission. 

If you make a non-infringing use of information from this web site, please cite the Early Office Museum and provide a link or our web address (www.officemuseum.com or www.earlyofficemuseum.com). 

If you believe that we have not given appropriate credit for your work or have violated your copyright, please email the curator so we can resolve the matter.