American Sewing Machines
Bourne, Frederick G. "American Sewing Machines." In One Hundred Years of American Commerce. Vol. 2. Chauncey Mitchell Depew, ed. New York: D. O. Haines, 1895: 530. Smithsonian photo 42542-A.
Shows two tables: (1) "A Partial Statement from Records of 'The Sewing-Machine Combination,' Showing number of Sewing-Machines Licensed Annually Under the Elias Howe Patent," 1853-66, and (2) "A Partial Statement Showing Number of Sewing-Machines Licensed Annually from 1867 to 1876 Inclusive." The statistics indicate that between 1853 and 1876, a large number of Americans and others in industrializing countries were exposed frequently to a literally domesticated piece of high-tech equipment, emphatically including women in both factories and middle-class families: the sewing machine. (If the new-baby/sewing machine sight gag in Fiddler on the Roof  points at real history, sewing machines were significant new technology in the Pale of Settlement in 1905.)
See also "How The Sewing Machine Gave Power — And Fashion Cred — To African Women."
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