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Tupperware: the promise of plastic in 1950s America

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From Wonder Bowls to Ice-Tup molds to Party Susans, Tupperware has become an icon of suburban living. Tracing the fortunes of Earl Tupper's polyethylene containers from early design to global distribution, Alison J. Clarke explains how Tupperware tapped into potent commercial and social forces, becoming a prevailing symbol of late twentieth-century consumer culture.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 17th 2001 by Smithsonian Books (first published April 1st 1999)
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Jennifer
-American culture and object relationship.
-women's role in a postwar society
-Tupperware defining a time, place, and people.
* Objects have the capabilities to translate time and symbolic meaning.
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Mar 06, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-for-class
Certainly an interesting read about the invention and consumer momentum of Tupperware, a company the last three generations of my family have used, but I feel like it could have been half the length and still said the same things.
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A rather technical history but learned a lot of interesting thing about American culture from the 1930's through 1970's.
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Lots of detail. A taste of what life was like in the 30's 40'sand 50's.
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