[“Now you go out to the Altro Corporation Monday morning and report to a Mr. Hodgeman.”]
The above scene is from “Betty, Girl Engineer,” an episode from the second season of Father Knows Best, first aired on April 11, 1956. The plucky card-file, a newcomer to the home screen, upstages Mr. Glover (Jack Harris), a clipboard, and several unnamed students who have been taking a course in vocational education. Off-screen, Betty Anderson (Elinor Donahue), also a student in the course, waits to sign up to work with a surveying crew. Its members will include a college man who thinks women have no place in engineering. The episode will go on to treat sexual discrimination and harassment in a less than satisfying way, as Betty’s harasser falls for her; and she, for him.
This card-file later had small roles in Dragnet and Car 54, Where Are You? before going into real estate.
Threatening to upstage the card-file is an enigma. What, what is that cup-like object on the desk?
January 10, 2012: Looking at the enigma again, I think it might be the ink reservoir for a dip pen, minus the pen, something like this one.
“A Woman in the House”
Repurposed tea tin (An index-card holder)
Monday, January 11, 2010
By Michael Leddy at 6:39 AM