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The Stenographer's Friend; Or, What Was Accomplished by an Edison Business Phonograph (1910)

Not Rated | | Short | 29 September 1910 (USA)

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It's a busy day at the office, and the stenographer is exhausted from trying to keep up with the demands on her skills. Even when she stays late, she cannot catch up with all of the work. ... See full summary »
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Ethel Jewett ...
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It's a busy day at the office, and the stenographer is exhausted from trying to keep up with the demands on her skills. Even when she stays late, she cannot catch up with all of the work. But then a man comes into the office to demonstrate the many advantages of his company's new business phonograph. Written by Snow Leopard

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One of the films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives (2004)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the Library of Congress (from the Edison collection), has a running time of 8 minutes and an added piano score. See more »

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Interesting & Surprisingly Modern-Looking Advertising Feature
31 May 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This 1910 advertising feature is interesting, particularly in how modern it looks, both in the style and in the content. If it were shorter and had sound, it could almost fit right in as a television ad today. In itself, it was probably a rather effective advertisement, getting its message across with a little entertainment value thrown in.

The format follows the same formula that is still used over and over again for television ads. The beginning shows an office full of unhappy workers, and then they meet someone whose product claims to have all the answers to their problems. Both the beginning and the end are exaggerated almost exactly to the degree that you still expect in television ads.

As for entertainment value, it doesn't do too badly. Although it lacks the kind of witty gags that characterize today's best advertisements, it presents some characters who are easy to identify with in any era, and they are at least mildly amusing, not so much for any particular gags as for the exaggerations in their reactions to office developments. It makes this an interesting feature in itself and as a comparison with what we expect from advertising in our own era.


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