Friday, August 12, 2011

On August 12

On this day in ...
... 1851 (160 years ago today), Isaac Merritt Singer, "one of the most forceful, flamboyant and unscrupulous tycoons in American business history," was granted his 1st sewing machine patent. He had not invented the device; nonetheless, he designed "the first practical and efficient one" and "used mass-production techniques to manufacture it." (photo credit) The ubiquitous machine changed women's lives, both as workers and as consumers. Whether it brought them liberation or drudgery remains a question for debate. IntLawGrrl Kathleen A. Doty gives her answer in today's principal post, above.

(Prior August 12 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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