The Sewing-Machine

Draper: "A most Wonderful Invention, indeed, Mum, and it really Executes the Work so Efficiently and Quickly, that, 'pon my Word, I think there's nothing left for Ladies to do but to Improve their Intellects!

This cartoon from Punch simultaneously manages to mock women, show the introduction of a new technology into the home, and, to the modern reader, suggest the way labor-saving technologies in fact played a factor in the changing roles and possibilities for women of all classes. [Scanned image (from a volume in the Athenæum Club Library) and text by George P. Landow This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.]

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