Black Japan

"What the sewing machine established was an aesthetic formula for any iron or steel machine which would be seen above stairs in the domestic sphere, and also in the office, such as photographs, telephones, sealing/embossing/stamping tools, typewriters and rotary duplicators. Black Japan, nickel plating, gold lining and ornament became unquestioningly accepted until well into the inter-war period." (295)

Oddy, Nicholas. "A Beautiful Ornament in the Parlour or Boudoir: The Domestication of the Sewing Machine" in The Culture of Sewing: Gender, Consumption and Home Dressing, Barbara Burman, ed. Oxford: Berg Culture, Dress, Society Series, 1999.


Also, I have been looking for the appropriate forum in which to announce that in the library copy of this book, which is all about home- and hand-sewing (okay, and sewing machines), there was a little bookmark, left by a former loaner, made out of an H&M tag for 9:90 kronor (like $1.25).