By Rachel P. Maines

ISBN-10: 0801891469

ISBN-13: 9780801891465

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61 The issue becomes more vexed, however, with the tools, toys, and gear associated with smaller companion animals, such as pet collars, tug toys, food dishes, and litter boxes, technologies into which innovations are introduced 18 Hedonizing Technologies every year. Are not these artifacts intended to enhance our enjoyment of companion animals? There is no doubt that a horse collar is technology; the issue is cloudier, however, with collars for cats and dogs. A >sh tank in the home is clearly a technological artifact—indeed, many are complex biochemical and mechanical systems requiring signi>cant commitments to daily care.

90 Both the ability to stock and manage a still-room and the skills of confectioners were highly prized in households a

Com. uences, artisan crafts-as-work underwent a two-century revolution in production techniques in which textiles were one of the vanguard industries. ”1 Although Taunton does not say so, the abundance of these collectibles is at least in part an artifact of the increase in supply of these tools, and of their materials as well, in the early modern period. Survival of these artifacts is, of course, subject to the biases of collecting and connoisseurship described in Appendix A. While I have postulated that some medieval and early modern embroiderers were hobbyists in the modern sense, from the late seventeenth century forward, consumers’ love of tools and materials for leisure activities and hobby artisanship is clearly and unambiguously documented.

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