As a follow-up to our recent post on IBM president and Chipp customer Thomas J. Watson, Jr., Ivy-Style presents the following photo spread. In “IBM Story,” Life Magazine chronicled the company’s new headquarters in Dayton, NJ, which IBM moved into in the fall of 1962. (Click images for hi-res version.)

Time changes perspective, and perspective changes everything. IBM at midcentury was the epitome of corporate-drone conformity, a punchline for beatniks, a monolithic organization where souls went to die.

Fifty years later, it looks kinda cool: Modern architecture, swingin’ sixties secretaries, eggheads in lab coats, cigarettes and cocktails, sleek suits and slim ties. Human Resources, I’d like to submit my resumé. — CC

Thanks to Valet Mag for linking to this story.