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"Why does a creative person create? It's a type of compulsion. I like to explore new ideas."
- Bart Kosko

Manual Closet  
  An old-fashioned storage room for clothing, which required the user to place and organize articles of apparel by hand.  

Chuck Rittersdorf had a rundown conapt; not the best accommodations one could hope for.

He passed on by the slime mold, to the door of his apt. It was unlocked; he opened it, faced the two CIA men. "This late at night?" he said. "It's that important?" Going to the closet - it was the ancient-style manual variety - he hung up his coat.
From Clans of the Alphane Moon, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1964
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I love terms and references of this kind, like groundcar, post-crime and static house.

Compare to the much more modern handicloset from Dick's 1965 novel The Zap Gun.

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