“Miss G.E. Mitchell, a secretary to Senator J. Allen Frear, Jr. of Delaware, often works overtime at night to get out the day’s mail after the Senator has signed it”

By Joseph O’Donnell, Washington, DC, September 1949

Secretaries in mid-20th century America walked a tightrope when it came to appropriate office dress. They were expected to look professional, but not too severe; attractive and feminine, but not too sexy.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency (306-PS-49-12411)