1943 Disney Employee Policy Manual

Here’s a fascinating little slice of life from the past — the 1943 Disney Studio Employee Policy manual. This is a fascinating look back at what the world of work was like back then. From women getting more sick days than men, to the illustrations of the male employee leering at all the females in the office, to the government intrusion into the workplace (although remember, Disney Studios was producing patriotic cartoons about the war effort for the government back then).

In a way, one of the most interesting things to see in this is a reflection of our own times — “don’t come to the lot without proper ID”, “be careful or you might be fired for espionage”. It really does bring this mirror image of times when the United States was involved in a war.