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September 28th, 2020 by: Robert Heinze

Le Gyrobus: an electric bus in colonial Kinshasa

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.04 Heinze_Le Gyrobus In the history of technology, there is no shortage of artefacts that, once propagated as supremely modern and useful, quickly disappeared and were forgotten as more practicable standards, simpler technological solutions for the same problem or just a company with better market coverage brought…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Fon L. Gordon

 Driving “Jim Crow”: Cars and Race in the United States

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.05 Gordon_Driving Jim Crow The twentieth century saw the rise of the automobile as the most important consumer product and economic lever in the United States. Driving became a required expression of American nationalism and citizenship. Yet American car culture was also inextricably intertwined with race. The…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Diana Montaño

Visualizing Imprudentes: Technology and Consumption in Turn-of-the-century Mexico City

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.06 Montano_Visuaizing Imprudentes Jacinto S. García arrived to Mexico City in the summer of 1909. Astonished to find a “beautiful, clean, grand and Europeanized city,” the business representative of the Argentine government judged it deserved to be listed among the urban centers of the civilized world.[1] Throughout…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Mikael Wolfe

Cuba’s “Battle of Spare Parts” Against the US Blockade (1961-1964)

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.07 Wolfe_Cuba’s Battle of Spare Parts People tell many stories about the Cuban Revolution of 1959 but two tend to predominate. The first marks the triumph of the revolution through armed struggle, either celebrating (or, depending upon the politics of the writer, lamenting) the end of Cuba’s…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Sonia Robles

“Good luck and Buenos Notches”: Early Amateur Interactions with Mexican Radio

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.08 Robles_Good Luck   From the mid-1920s to the 1930s hundreds of shortwave radio amateurs in the United States and Canada including DXers (distance fiends, as they called themselves), Mexican citizens, European immigrants, housewives, and teenagers, frequently tuned in to transmissions from Mexican stations and penned letters…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Yovanna PinedaChristiane BerthMikael Wolfe

Dialogues: History of Technology in Africa and the Americas in the Twentieth Century

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.09 Pineda et al_Dialogues   Jethron Ayumbah Akallah, Maseno University, Kenya Christiane Berth, University of Graz, Austria Fon Gordon, Department of History, University of Central Florida, USA Robert Heinze, University of Trier, Germany Diana Montaño, Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis, USA Yovanna Pineda, University…

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