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June 18, 2019

Work Stations: Nostalgic Images That Show What Office Life Was Like in London in the 1980s

From huge mobile phones to massive perms, brightly colored skirts to shoulder pads, here is your reminder of what office like was in the 1980s!


These vintage photographs were taken by photographer Anna Fox in dozens of different offices, making up a snapshot of the way Britain worked during the era of Thatcher. The images are from her 1987 photo series “Work Stations,” a commissioned project meant to convey the aggressive nature of office culture in Britain at the time. Each photo depicts crowded, suited chaos, and is accompanied by a snarky — and sometimes unsettling — snippet showcasing the rally-cry word choice of salesmen.

“I wanted to reflect the sense of aggression, competition and greed that Thatcher’s Britain had laid the foundations for,” Fox said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “Her famous phrase was: ‘There is no such thing as society, just individuals,’ and then off we all went on a mad pursuit to gain money for ourselves and buy things we just couldn’t afford and forget about the communities that surrounded us and that we grew up in.”


























(Photos © Anna Fox, via The Huffington Post)



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