When Frances Dolan started out as a bookkeeper with the firm in 1906, much of her work was done by hand.However, the Olmsteds were keeping up with the latest technology that mechanized work. New machines sped up office tasks and made them more efficient. The Olmsteds purchased a bookkeeping machine and an adding machine among others and found them a worthy investment. In 1913, secretary Helen Bullard or one of the partners reported that
"The adding machine has proven a great help and a valuable addition to the equipment of the department. We have, with its help, been able to get together much information of value which would have otherwise been lost on account of the expense of getting such information by other means."