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  • n. Alternative spelling of roll-top desk.


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  • Straight ahead across the office I saw a tall dirty window, gray-white with winter daylight; directly under it stood a rolltop desk and a chair.

    Time and Again

  • This rolltop desk was used for business and a low table to the left (unseen in this photo) was where he actually wrote.

    Jack London:Jack London in Cottage Study

  • Each of the pigeonholes in his oak rolltop desk contained a single, well-marked category of documents.

    Mistress of Justice


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  • They also might contain escaped prisoners, as in The Front Page.

    October 21, 2011

  • The roll top desk is fast disappearing from efficiently managed offices, the chief objection being the fact that it becomes a receptacle for important papers which are forgotten. Also the pigeon holes frequently become filled with 'truck' which might as well be thrown away...Most papers that are filed in the pigeon holes should be placed in the files where they are accessible to every one who needs them. --The American Office, 2nd ed., Ronald Press, New York, NY, 1914.

    October 21, 2011