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January 5th, 2021 by: Jesse Ritner

Chilling the Industry

Following World War II, snow was so valuable to Vermont tourism that a writer for Vermont Life called it “white gold.”[1] With snow, the author reasoned, people could ski. And when people skied, Vermonters profited. Today states throughout the country embrace this rationale. On October 12 of this year, after the first snow, Loveland, Copper,…

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January 5th, 2021 by: Manuel, Jeffrey T.

Technical Literature and the Text-Searchable: The History of Technology and the Digitized Turn

We historians of technology are constantly assessing technology and placing it in historical context. But from time to time, it is useful to consider how the technologies we rely on shape the stories we tell about technology. Specifically, how has the so-called digitized turn within the broader discipline of history affected the history of technology?…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Yovanna Pineda

Ways of Seeing Maintenance and Repair, Argentina

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.01 Pineda_Ways of Seeing Maintenance   Introduction: Representation of Machinery Use in Argentine Culture and Film  In this technology story, I use ethnographic material from my original documentary film, Stories of the Harvester (https://vimeo.com/395115057), to discuss how the camera evokes spectators’ feelings about the subculture of farm…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Christiane Berth

Fear, Curiosity and New Social Rules: Representations of Early Telephone Use in Latin America, 1880-1935

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.02 Berth_Fear Curiosity and New Social Rules In the late nineteenth century, local governments began to install telephone lines in Latin American cities. Among the first countries to introduce telephone service were Cuba, Chile, and Mexico, all of whom did so in the 1880s. At first, the…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Jethron Ayumbah Akallah

Technologies from Below: Water and Sanitation Supply in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.03 Akallah_Technologies From Below In a study on water vending in Tanzania, Marianne Kjellén points out that in most developing countries, a piped water supply in the city is the norm for the richer households, while poorer households struggle to access water by other means.[1] Most of…

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