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Advert for the Ergometer

Advert for the Ergometer

Printer: Pulman, G

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Evan.6554

Item number: 6554

Genre: Leaflet

In the late 19th century, the English parliament passed legislation limiting the amount of hours that people - and particularly children - could work. In response, factory owners and managers tried to maximise efficiency in their businesses. This meant keeping a close eye on their staff and the hours they worked. Clocking-on machines were introduced in 1885, but this advert warns of an additional danger for industrialists: impersonation of one worker by another! The Ergonometer advertised here required that the employee not only clock on, but sign their names on a register as well.

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