Outfitting the new office in The Good Fairy (Sturges 1932)
If you’re like us, you’ve given up purchasing new desk accessories. Current offerings at stores such as Staples are uninspired. We prefer to comb thrift store aisles for tape dispensers, pen holders, metal files and the occasional typewriter.
Movies are an excellent source for office supplies. We recommend shopping from films of the nineteen thirties. Desk accessories from this era were well made with an emphasis on scientific precision and good design.
Case and point is the pencil sharpening “instrument” purchased by Dr. Max Sporum in The Good Fairy (Sturgess 1932).
“Ah, there it is! You don’t know how much this means to me.”
“Have you ever wanted something all your life and then suddenly it arrives?”
“This was my great ambition.”
“So smooth. It must have ball bearings.”
“Glorious! Like a needle. Have you ever seen such a point?”
“It takes all sizes.”
“If you paid a little more attention to pencil sharpeners, you might not work in a stationery shop all your life.”
Were his sharpener to give out after a decade, here are some options for Dr. Sporum: