Publisher: Three Rivers Press; illustrated edition edition (July 24, 2001)
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The Age of know-how is nowhere made extra own than at domestic. sleek comfort shapes our day-by-day regimen, making ultra-modern American apartment a spot of convenience, the like of which hasn't ever been recognized. but of all points of contemporary know-how, it's the evolution of what's within the family that has been least written about. In The Comforts of domestic, an extraordinary paintings written for a common viewers with out specific wisdom of technological know-how or know-how, social historian Merritt Ierley weaves in points of structure, social heritage, and know-how to give an underexplored yet significant characteristic of yank cultural id: how our lives are formed through the household expertise round us. right here we see an easy brick cubicle with a range within it evolve into imperative heating, a barrel with a wide deal with develop into the automated washer, a field covered with charcoal start the trendy fridge, and the fashionable bathroom advance from a rudimentary stone trough. The Comforts of domestic charts the evolution of mechanical systems--from significant heating to lights, from kitchen to rest room, from washer to hoover cleaner--on which all of us count and with out which such a lot folks might hardly ever think surviving. it's also the tale of the folk chargeable for the revolution of comfort in the house: humans like Benjamin Thompson, count number Rumford, a British Loyalist, inventor and undercover agent who fled his domestic within the American colonies in 1776. His genius of invention again within the kind of innovations with sensible effect on lifestyle within the loved ones. Or like architects Benjamin Latrobe and James Gallier, Jr., who outlined the innovative of recent comfort for his or her instances. The Comforts of house is additionally the tale of standard humans like David and Ida Eisenhower, who supplied their son Dwight and his brothers with a house that elevated in convenience the best way so much American houses did--bit through bit, equipment through equipment, increase by way of advance--as new expertise turned more cost-effective and extra common, and extra part of daily life. The tale of the ease of contemporary dwelling is compellingly traced during this delightfully written e-book illustrated with approximately 2 hundred pictures and classic illustrations.Front and again illustrations, c. 1892, convey a customary gasoline desktop equipment that was once used for delivering one's own residence with illuminating fuel within the age of gaslight (courtesy of Smithsonian Institution). Inset exhibits supply of a Nineteen Sixties automated "Ice Maker" fridge (courtesy of Whirlpool Corporation).From the Hardcover version.