Asking for a Raise


The January 1957 issue of Advertising Agency Magazine published the following memo sent by an office secretary named Ilean M. Clarke asking for salary increase:

The Secretary You Save May Be Your Own.

One Secretary in the Hand Is Worth Two in the Bush.

Damn the Personnel Department, Full Speed Ahead.

They Also Serve Who Sit and Type.

Help Stamp Out Small Wages.

Give Us This Day Our Yearly Raise.

Money Is the Root of All Secretaries.

My Boss Is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want.

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is

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