Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office

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Princeton Architectural Press, 1993 - Design - 65 pages
"Mechanical Brides: Women and Machiens from Home to Office consider design history from the perspective of female users and consumers. The telephone, typewriter, washing machine, and electric iron have been central to the definition of 'women's work' in twentieth-century America. Cultural ideas about the duties and ambitions of women are reflected and reinforced by the ways appliances have been designed, marketed, used, and imagined. More than 40 illustrations in color and over 100 in black and white reveal the gender significance attached to seemingly neutral things"--Back cover.

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A mildly interesting book, the photos and captions were the best part. Instead of really discussing the evolution/effect of the growth of these technologies in detail, it turned into more of a listing ... Read full review

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I really liked the show when I saw it in New York. I didn't buy a membership at the C-H or Smithsonian, but in retrospect I might today after having done about a third of an MA in American studies (probably never to be completed). Read full review

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Ellen Lupton is one of America's preeminent design educators. Her books include Skin, Inside Design Now, and Mixing Messages, among others. She is currently director of the design program at Maryland Institute of Art and Design.

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