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In 1911 it had bought Armstrong & Co. , with branches in Paris and Le Havre, and in 1917 it entered right into a fifty-fifty partnership with nationwide Provincial financial institution to create the Lloyds and nationwide Provincial overseas financial institution; via 1938 the enterprise had twelve branches at the Continent, serving British businesses working in Europe and British nationals in another country. ) in a roundabout way, it was once this growth which ended in Eliot’s employment. For it used to be a pal of Vivien’s kinfolk, L. E. Thomas, then the executive basic supervisor of nationwide Provincial financial institution, who gave Eliot his letter of advent to Lloyds. Eliot used to be duly assigned to the Colonial and overseas division, with its places of work at 17 Cornhill highway within the middle of town, among the abutting structures owned by way of Lloyds. After years Eliot used to be transferred to the knowledge division, a way smaller unit reporting on to the bank’s board of administrators. Eliot himself used to be in day-by-day touch with typists. He was once one in every of 7,400 staff engaged via Lloyds, and it was once in the course of the First international warfare that girls clerks had first seemed on the company. via overdue 1918 they totaled 3,300, approximately forty five percentage of the bank’s hard work strength. With the war’s finish, they have been quickly being brushed aside, and after 1920 ladies have been engaged just for typing or submitting. (By 1925 there have been nonetheless 1,500 left, them all unmarried, for until eventually 1949 girls have been obliged to surrender upon marriage. ) “My typist is in a nasty mood now simply because I gave a number of letters to do to another person who occurred to don't have anything to do on the moment,” Eliot laments to his father in 1917 (LOTSE, 204). “I have half a room, women, and half a typist,” he informed his mom the following 12 months, explaining, “I proportion a typist with another individual” (LOTSE, 232). In September 1919, after finishing his flow to the recent info division, Eliot tells his mom that he's looking forward to “a French typist for international correspondence”: “Next week I shall have an assistant and a typist to jot down my letters and do card indexing, yet final week i've got needed to battle through chaos myself, receiving countless numbers of news from Branches of the financial institution, classifying them, settling on the issues that wanted rapid consciousness, interviewing different banks and govt Departments, and attempting to elucidate knotty issues in that appalling record the Peace Treaty” (LOTSE, 369). it will possibly appear a small subject, yet it’s worthy noting that remark approximately doing “card indexing. ” Card indexing used to be a comparatively new workplace method, one of the which attended what enterprise historians have more and more famous as “a veritable revolution in verbal exchange expertise” which came about among approximately 1890 and 1910. fifty eight The epitome of that revolution used to be the typewriter, first synthetic in 1873 yet known in workplaces purely after 1890. one other used to be anything as modest because the loose-leaf (ring- or post-bound) ledger process, first advertised in 1894 to exchange the sure ledger books which have been used until eventually then. fifty nine while earlier than a client’s starting to be account needed to be endured at the subsequent to be had web page on the finish of a sure publication, with hard cross-referencing to attach the 2 components of the account, now it used to be attainable to increase or upload new bills as wanted.