Duck Duck Book

35 – cheap quick & easy
07.17.2006, 2:52 pm
Filed under: technology

Cheap, quick, & easy : imitative architectural materials, 1870-1930 / Pamela H. Simpson. 
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c1999.
[MCL call number: 691.09 S613c 1999; two copies, no holds]

For those of you who would like more historical detail than Twentieth Century Building Materials (reviewed above) provides, here is the next book in your new reading project.  Six substantial chapters discussing the history and application of concrete block, ornamental sheet metal, metal ceilings and walls, linoleum, and embossed wall and ceiling coverings, followed by a detailed and careful discussion of the debate about the social and cultural implications of imitative materials in Great Britain and the United States, should satisfy.  (I enjoyed it!)

Simpson’s smoothly-written text is followed by a glossary, bibliography, and an index.


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