!!! techn010ffspring !!! [v.8.1] and [v.8.2]

!!! techn010ffspring !!! [v.8.1] named [American-mothers-and-sisters-Mary-E-Winter-adding-machine-for-typing-pool-assembled-in-engine-department-with-meta-common-knowledge-of-bikers-reading-books-for-25-girl-hours-in-a-pocket-strung-on-a-clothesline] to grow part [v.8.2] named [Margaret-p-golvin-to-pound-clothes-with-lice-in-hair-scurrying-onto-antimicrobial-seat-cover-with-bearings-for-sale] using the human-powered energy of women simultaneously biking and reading in combination with an adding machine

Interactive Game

Play the interactive game that encourages !!! techn010ffspring !!! [v.8.1] named [American-mothers-and-sisters-Mary-E-Winter-adding-machine-for-typing-pool-assembled-in-engine-department-with-meta-common-knowledge-of-bikers-reading-books-for-25-girl-hours-in-a-pocket-strung-on-a-clothesline] to grow part [v.8.2] named [Margaret-p-golvin-to-pound-clothes-with-lice-in-hair-scurrying-onto-antimicrobial-seat-cover-with-bearings-for-sale] using the human-powered energy of women simultaneously biking and reading in combination with an adding machine

Kate Greenaway. Lucy Locket, Lost Her Pocket.

Drawing by Kate Greenaway for “Lucy Locket, Lost her Pocket” from 1800s. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/68dc0359-781a-7a41-e040-e00a1806442f 

Typing Pool

This video really struck me when I first saw it because the smirks (or smiles) of the women suggest a sense of “knowing”. To me, it appears that they are AWARE of the camera and thus aware of their role in creating a representation of their paid and unpaid work (see my terms for aesthetic labor, emotional labor, presentation labor) as typists. They look at the camera with a sense of agency almost despite the fact that they likely had very little agency working in this typing pool. I imagine that they are Breaking the Fourth Wall, “when a character acknowledges their fictionality, by either indirectly or directly addressing the audience”. To me, it appears as if they are sharing with the camera (and audience) the fact that they are aware that they must perform their Presentation, Adornment, labors for the camera. They are aware that the camera, by virtue of making a representation, is not “REAL”. When I watch this, I feel that they are queuing the audience in to the fact that they have a sort of “Meta Common Knowledge” of the types of performance women must enact in their lives during both paid and unpaid labor. Common knowledge is “information that the average, educated reader would accept as reliable without having to look it up.” Meta Common Knowledge is knowing that others know this common knowledge. I believe women have a Meta Common Knowledge of the types of labor that they perform, such as emotional, presentation, aesthetic, responsibility labor. These women, to me, are clueing the audience in that they know that women know that they are performing for this camera.

In an alternate world, typing might allows these women to disembody through writing. They can become what they want through words. when i watch this woman, i feel like she has an awareness of this. i imagine that she is aware that writing and being able to spread writing through the typewriter, gives her a space of disembodiment that can be powerful. it could give women voices. while it doesn’t at this time, the power of spreading the written word could provide space for voices. 

Six women pedaling bicycle while reading magazines. 1890.

Link to “Bearings for Sale” image. loc.gov/resource/cph.3b27502/ 

Woman Assembles Part of Cowling for Motor for B-25 Bomber. 1942.

Photograph from 1942 of “Part of the cowling for one of the motors for a B-25 bomber is assembled in the engine department of North American [Aviation, Inc.]’s Inglewood, Calif., plant“  https://www.loc.gov/item/2017878520/ 

American mothers and sisters, Help in Producing Dependable Planes. 1942.

Photograph from 1942 of “American mothers and sisters, like these women at the Douglas Aircraft Company, give important help in producing dependable planes for their men at the front, Long Beach, Calif. Most important of the many types of aircraft made at this plant are the B-17F (“Flying Fortress”) heavy bomber, the A-20 (“Havoc”) assault bomber and the C-47 heavy transport plane for the carrying of troops and cargo”  https://www.loc.gov/item/2017878899/

Caroline Rosenthal. 1873. Reels for Clothes-Lines.

US Patent 141015A for an “improvement in reels for clothes-lines” by Caroline Rosenthal in 1873.

“Be it known that I, CAROLINE RosENTHAL, of the city of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania, have invented a, new and useful Imof reference marked thereon making a part of this specification, in which- Figure 1 represents a perspective view of the reel and its operating devices. Fig. 2 exhibits the catch or fastening on the outside of the box.

The nature of my invention consists in the arrangement and combination of the coiled spring with its regulating-box, spur-Wheel, pinion-wheel, lock, spiral spring, and pivoted catch on the outside. The object of my invention consists in preserving the clothes-line from injury by the weather; keeping it from obstructing the yard; keeping the line clean.

A representsa coiled spring (inclosed in its metallic and regulating box lfvyjattached to the spur-wheel 0, that operates the pinion D, that drives the shaft H, that revolves the reel J, ‘upon which the clothes-line K is wound.

As the rope or line is drawn out of the box L it revolves the reel with the coiled spring A, at the same time winding up the spring A. The rope is then fastened or hooked in any part. of the yard, ready to hang the clothes upon; and when the rope is unhooked it is drawn into and wound upon the reel by the operation of the coiled spring. The lever or catch E is dropped into the spur-wheel O to lock the reel and spring A when a sufficient length of line has been drawn out. This lever is provided with a spiral spring, F, to hold the front end of the lever E firmly between the teeth of the spur-wheel to lock the machine. The opposite end of the lever E is fastened on the outside of the box L by a pivoted and slotted catch, G, that holds the lever permanently to its place until shifted to allow the reel to be operated when required.

What I claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is

The combination of coiled spring A, box B with its spur-Wheel O, pinion-wheel D, catch E, provided with a spiral spring, F, and slotted pivoted catch G, when arranged and combined with the reel, as herein described, and for the purposes set forth.



Mary E. Winter. 1882. Adding Machine.

US Patent 258518 by Mary E. Winter from 1882 for an “adding machine”:

Be it known that we, MARY E. WINTER and CUsHMAN W. CRARY, citizens of the United States, residing at Galesburg, Illinois, and
Chicago, Illinois, respectively, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Adding-Machines, of which the following is a specification, reference being had therein to the accompanyin g drawings.
[0 Our invention relates to improvements in adding-machines; and it consists in constructions and combinations hereinafter described,
, and’set forth in the claims hereto annexed.
In the accompanying drawings, which illustrate ourinvention, and in which the same reference-letter indicates the same part in the diflerent-figures, Figure l is a top plan of our machine. Fig. 2 isa top plan in which the upper part of the case and the dial-plate are removed to show the working parts below them. Fig.3 is a top plan of the dial-plate. Fig. A is a sectional elevation in the line arm in Fig. 2. Fig. 5 is a sectional’elevation in the line 9 y in Fig. 2. Fig. 6 is a side elevation of one of the 2 5 operating-keys. Fig. 7 is an enlarged top plan of a. segment of the ratchet-wheel and one of the arms and pawls which act upon the’upper circle of ratchet-teeth thereon. Fig. Sis an enlarged top plan of a segment of the ratchet- 0 wheel and one of the arms and pawls which act upon its lower circle of ratchet-teeth.
Fig. 9 is aside elevation of the parts shown at Fig. 8., Fig. 10 is a side elevation of asegment of the ratchet-wheel.
Referring to the drawings by letters, letter Arepresentsa case in which the workiugparts are located, except the keys 1 to 10, the ends of which are exterior to the case A, so that they maybe struck or pressed downward by the tin- 4o ger of the operator.
B is a ratchet-wheel with an upper series of ratchet-teeth, I), and a lower series, I), in its periphery, and provided with a central shaft, B, which is extended upward, as shown at Fig.”


Margaret P. Colvin. 1878. Clothes-Pounder.

US Patent 202792 by Margaret P. Golvin from 1878 for an “improvement in clothes-pounders” 

“Be it known that I, MARGARET P. OoLvnv, of Battle Creek, in the county of Calhoun and State of Michigan, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Clothes-Founders; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it pertains to make and use it, reference bcin g had to the accompanying drawings, which form part of this specification.

My invention relates to certain improvements in clothes-pounders; and consists in forming the bottom of the pounder with three conical shells, which decrease in size from the outer to the inner one, the rims of the latter being connected together by inclined braces, said inner shell being formed on the lower extremity of the pounder-shaft, which latter is made tubular, and is provided with a free gravity valve formed without a stem, and which is adapted to be maintained in aproper operative position by an open valve-casing.

This invention is designed to provide a pounder which, acting as a washing device, will serve to cleanse the clothes thoroughly, and will also be durable in use, as the rim of he shell formation on the shaft constitutes a very firm support for the attachment of the inner ends of the inclined braces, which latter connect with the rim of the outer shell.”


Lara D. Calhoun. Antimicrobial Disposable Seat Cover.

US Patent 19342360B2 by Lara D. Calhoun & Ashkan King Aminpour from 2017 for a “Antimicrobial disposable seat cover”. “The present invention is directed to an Antimicrobial Disposable Seat Cover that is made of a material that is light, disposable and biodegradable, but resistant to dust mites, bed bugs, lice, mold, fungi, feces, viruses and bacteria, and a whole host of various microorganisms. “ https://patents.google.com/patent/US10342360B2 

Gertrude Baker. 1910. Saleswoman’s Pocket.

US Patent 967487 by Gertrude Baker from 1909 for a “saleswoman’s pocket”.

Be it known that I, GERTRUDE BAKER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Portland, in the county of Multnomah and State of Oregon, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Saleswomens Pockets, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to pockets or bags designed for holding a number of articles, and is especially adapted for use by sales clerks.

The chief objects of the improvements which form the subject matter of this application are to provide a convenient receptacle for articles that may be in frequent demand; to furnish means for attaching the device to the person of the user, and to support the implements in positions that will permit them to be readily grasped and re moved from their pockets.

Other objects of this invention are to furnish in connection with the container an identification character or number, so placed as to be conspicuous and easily read, and supply means for readily attaching any small article to the pocket by means of a flexible cord to prevent the said article from becoming misplaced.


Term Coined “Girl Hours” and “Kilo-Girl Hours”

Link to the recorded discussion of how the term “girls hours” was coined.  https://www.aip.org/history-programs/niels-bohr-library/oral-histories/audio/4888-1