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Rubber: Fun, Fashion, Fetishby Janet Bloor
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Rubber is fun. Rubber is useful. Rubber has fetishistic appeal. It has not only been used for a multitude of everyday objects--tires, wires, handles of pliers--but has also paved the way for a multitude of advances in design, technology, and lifestyle. This complete story of rubber's origins and history shows how the power of rubber polymers--their inherent strength and capacity for recoiling to their contorted state — charges rubber with a dynamic energy source. Filled with specially taken images by Geraldo Somozo, these pages show us rubber toys, from Wacky Wall Walkers to the collectible of the Auburn Rubber Company; the use of this nonslip, insulating, waterproof material in every room of this nonslip, insulating, waterproof material in every room of the house; its eerie capacity to mimic other forms and substances; how elastic fibers, comprised of rubber filaments, helped fashion designers to realize that women are not made of rigid material; how the German jeweler Bunz combined rubber with diamonds and gold; contemporary rubber in computer keyboards and cell-phone keypads; and --as climax --the steamy, salacious, seductive, (and deliciously sleazy) erotic world of rubber.
Filled with specially taken images by Geraldo Somozo, this complete story of rubber's origins and history shows how the power of polymers charges rubber with a dynamic energy source.
The first book on rubber that is not just an historical or scientific survey, but rather a fun, design-oriented book.
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