Rolodex Open Rotary Card File, 1950
Bent tubular metal, molded plastic, rubber, paper.
Gift of Rolodex Corporation. 1996-14-2.
- Manufactured by Rolodex Corporation
What is this?
Free-standing rotary card file supported by single tubular metal element, bent to form U-shaped foot, with ends rising to terminate at opposite black plastic terminal knobs. Foot with four gray rubber cuffs.
Why is this important?
Composed of a curved tubular metal stand, a plastic wheel, and cards, this file for storing names, addresses, and phone numbers is an artifact of the pre-digital office. Turning the wheel flips the cards, creating multiple planes. Some electronic versions are designed to evoke the tactile qualities of the rotating wheel.
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