This allowed an increase in the number of the white-collar workers. Correspondence and other documents were now too numerous to get enough attention to be rolled up or folded again, then summarized and tagged before being pigeonholed in a small compartment over or under the work surface of the desk.
From then on, limited quantities of finely crafted desks have been continued to be constructed by master cabinetmakers for the homes and offices of the rich, while the vast majority of desks were assembled rapidly by unskilled labor from components turned out in batches by machine tools.
Anna Breadin designed and patented a one-piece school desk in the late s that was built with a table section attached in front of a wooden seat and back rest. The surfaces of some newer desks could be transformed into many different shapes and angles, and were ideal for artists, draftsmen, and engineers.
During the North American recession of the early s, many managers and executive workers were required to do word processing and other functions previously completed by typing pools and secretaries.
Before this, most students in America sat either on chairs or long benches at long tables. Steel desks were introduced to take heavier loads of paper and withstand the pounding meted out on the typewriters. This also gave rise to the " typewriter desk ", a platform, sometimes on wheels and with expandable surface via flaps, that was built to a specific height to make typing easier and more comfortable than when using a standard or traditional desk.
Even computer monitor bezels themselves were used to attach reminder notes and business cards. However, the ease of printing personal documents and the lack of comfort with reading text on computer monitors led to a great deal of document printing.
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The desks are usually mass-produced in steel or wood and sold on the consumer market. This necessitated a more central placement of the computer on these "U-shape" suite desk systems.
Before the invention of the movable type printing press in the 15th century, any reader was potentially a writer or publisher or both, since any book or other document had to be copied by hand.
This was the first sharp division in desk manufacturing. The cubicle walls have become new place for workers to affix papers and other items once left on the horizontal desktop surface.
Medieval illustrations show the first pieces of furniture which seem to have been designed and constructed for reading and writing. The basic desk forms were developed mostly in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The modern ergonomic desk is a refinement of the mechanically complex drawing table or drafting table  from the end of the 18th century. Industrial era[ edit ] An office desk in a cubicle, which shows the sharing of space between computer components and paper documents.
Thus, age alone does not guarantee that an antique desk is a masterpiece, since this split in quality took place more than a hundred years ago.
Paper documents became voluminous enough to be stored separately in filing cabinets. These desks are not as tall as normal adult desks. Through the "tech boom" of the s, office worker numbers increased along with the cost of office space rent.
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