Cheap, Quick, & Easy

Cheap, Quick, & Easy

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In this study, Pamela H. Simpson examines the architectural materials that proliferated between 1870 and 1930. As Simpson shows in fascinating detail, rockface concrete blocks, pressed metal imitations of stone, linoleum qmarbleq and qparquet, q and embossed wall coverings made available to the masses a host of ornamental effects that only the wealthy could previously have afforded. But, she notes, wherever these new materials appeared, a heated debate over the appropriateness of imitation followed. Were these materials merely tasteless shams? Or were they economical, durable alternatives that democratically extended the possibilities of ornamentation? Far from being in qbad taste, q she concludes, these new ornamental forms reflected modernism, democracy, and progress - some of the most deeply held values of the period.... Winget Company and the Blakeslee Company, both of Columbus, Ohio; the Cement Machinery Company of Jackson, Michigan; ... Palmer had sold his first machines in 1902 for $200, but in 1908 Sears advertised the Wizard for $42.50 ( fig.

Title:Cheap, Quick, & Easy
Author: Pamela Hemenway Simpson
Publisher:Univ. of Tennessee Press - 1999

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