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Standard bearers: Material culture and middle-class communities at the turn of the Twentieth century

Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002
Enterprise and Society. 2000.  Vol. 1. No. 4. P. 693-698. 
American businesses played as pivotal a role in setting the American standard of living as they did in encouraging the dream. The standard of living became increasingly defined as a set of goods and the establishment and maintenance of spaces to house these goods. In 4 case studies, the means by which objects were both physically transported and culturally represented as desirable are discussed. The four topics are silverplate flatware, bathroom fixtures, mass-produced foursquare dwellings, and early zoning plans. The broad distribution of goods and design ideals at the turn of the 20th century can be considered the nationalization of material culture.