By Mary Bellis
As long as governments or other organizations have existed the office has existed in some form as a place to do the associated administrative or clerical duties.
The 19th Century Office
In the late 19th century , commercial offices for conducting business first appeared in the United States. The railroad , telegraph and then the telephone were invented allowing for instant remote communication. Wherever manufacturing existed, for example in a mill or factory, the administrative office could now be placed at a distance. Other inventions that promoted the office included: electric lighting, the typewriter, and calculating machines.
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