Threats and Promises: The Marketing and Promotion of Electric Lighting to Women in the United States, 1880s-1960s
Margaret Maile Petty
Examining the development of a specific gendered discourse driven by the electrical industry that united key beliefs about feminine beauty, identity, and the domestic interior.
Introduction by Robin Schuldenfrei; Translated by Annika Fisher
Fashion from previous ages had style. . . . Such fashion developed slowly and organically. Fashion today has no style; it is merely always fashionable. . . .
Jeffrey T. Schnapp
Within the framework of an overall theory of the cultural history of materials, this article reconstructs the role of tempered glass in the modernist imagination.
Selected and Translated by Juliet Kinchin
These extracts outline Schütte-Lihotzky’s working methods, the concerns that lay behind the design of the Frankfurt Kitchen, and something of her larger ideas about design and the status of women.
Notes from the Field
According to its “Traffic Report” for August 30, 2014 (p. B2), the most-read online business article in the New York Times for the preceding week was “Retiring: Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings.”
In Praise of RoundaboutsKen Ames
I set off yesterday afternoon on an automobile trip to the bank. I can sense that you are already unsympathetic. Why don’t I do my banking online and stay off the road? But the bank is not the point here. The point is time and the nature of travel itself. The route I took was a familiar one.
The strawberry season has come and gone. To be more precise, the season for locally-grown strawberries has come and gone. Strawberries are still very much in evidence at the big-box grocery stores but they come from somewhere else, very far away.
Perishable GoodsKen Ames
Go on to Google and look for Belter furniture. Just click on “images” and an entire page of Belter and Belteresque objects will appear. Search for Wooton desks and you will also be rewarded with many score of objects. Now try Gardner & Co. veneer chair seats or something along those lines...
Hobby BusinessesKen Ames
People are still wondering what happened to the antiques business. Until recently, the trade was a stable and enduring fixture of American culture and commerce. It seemed to only grow stronger with every passing year. But it has indeed fallen on hard times...