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Tinkering : consumers reinvent the early automobile

Author: Kathleen Franz
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the first decades of motor travel, between 1900 and 1940, Americans were buying automobiles in record numbers. Cars were becoming more easily affordable, not only for high-income families but for middle-class families as well. As they bought, they redesigned. By examining the ways Americans creatively adapted their automobiles, Tinkering takes a fresh look at automotive design from the bottom up, as a process  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Franz, Kathleen.
Tinkering.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)607689426
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen Franz
ISBN: 0812238818 9780812238815
OCLC Number: 57406174
Description: 224 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Automobiles in the Machine Age --
What consumers wanted --
Women's Ingenuity --
Consumers become inventors --
A tinkerer's story --
The automotive industry takes the stage.
Responsibility: Kathleen Franz.

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Tinkering takes a fresh look at early automotive design from the bottom up, as a process that included manufacturers, engineers, designers, advice experts, and consumers, from savvy buyers to  Read more...
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"A welcome addition to the growing literature on users of technology and the cultural history of the automobile."-Journal of American History "A well written, valuable contribution to the state of Read more...

 
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