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Mad Men Offers Glimpse at 1960s Office Technology

Mad Men’s portrayal of old-school office technology didn’t get as much attention as its depiction of day drinking. But it was still enjoyable to drink in.

Tom LeBlanc
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Sure, “Mad Men” is a well-written, often-brilliantly acted show with uncommon character development.

It’s worthy of its critical acclaim (Rolling Stone struggles to “say goodbye” to the program) and four “Outstanding Drama Series” Emmy Awards.

Another big reason for its popularity, however, is far more frivolous. The show, set in the 1960s and creeping into the early 1970s, allows viewers to slip into “I can’t believe people used to act like that, dress like that, talk like that, drink like that and smoke like that!” mode.

One aspect that we’ve indulged in is how office technology was woven into the show’s meticulously managed historical backdrop.

As “Mad Men” wraps up its seventh season with its series finale on May 17, let’s revisit some of the technology employed by Sterling Cooper, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and Sterling Cooper & Partners.

Go Inside: Guide to Mad Men Office Technology

Presentation technology has come a long way since “Mad Men” days.