Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office by Ellen Lupton
By Ellen Lupton
Throughout the twentieth century, the promoting of household home equipment and place of work machines has been directed basically towards girls. Mechanical Brides examines this phenomenon via wide snap shots (advertisements, catalog pages, pictures) and analytical textual content.
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And Samuel Soule begin patenting the first commercially viable typewriter (Yates, 39). axis, gyralor-type washing machine is developed for commercial use. I t is the basis of the washing machines of the 1930s (Giedion, 551-52). 1870s. electric light becomes a major competitor of gas light (Sparke. 37). 1870. Mary Florence Pons patents a flat iron with a detachable handle (Hardyment, Gg). 1870. 52 percent ofthe femd; work force 1s employed In the cateaow "domes~lcand personal semce-, thts fieure declines to-zo'percent by 1910: During this period of gcncrol decline in the percentage ofwomen employed in domestic service, the percentage of womn ofcolor increases: for African-American women, the percentage is 4 6 percent in 1920,35 percent in 1930.
Teaching, waihessing, nursing, and the wholesale and retail hades (Rier, 330-31). 1961, AT&T introduces Cenhex senicc to businesses. 'enabling a large ofice to maintain its automatic switching exchange and internal numbers to he dialed directJy" (Brooks. zGG). Hams. 314). The mbe aesthetic is inspired not so much by changed marketing demands as by the 'high-minded design ideals" of modernism. Black and white "boxes" are ubiquitous by the early 1970s (Sparke. 55). 1965. AT&T introduces the Trimline.
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