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Blaszczyk, Regina Lee.  Imagining Consumers: Design and Innovation from Wedgewood to Corning.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee.  The Color Revolution.  Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012.  

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee, and Uwe Spiekermann, eds.  Bright Modernity: Color, Commerce, and Consumer Culture.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Cheney, Sheldon, and Martha Candler Cheney.  Art and the Machine: An Account of Industrial Design in 2oth Century America.  New York: Whittlesey House, 1936.

Costillo, Greg.  Cold War on the Home Front: The Soft Power of Midcentury Modernism.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.   

Davis, Alec.  Package and Print: The Development of Container and Label Design.  New York: Potter, 1967.

Dreyfus, Henry.  Designing For People.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.

Edwards, Clive. “‘Improving’ the Decoration of Furniture: Imitation and Mechanization in the Marquetry Process in Britain and America, 1850–1900.” Technology and Culture 53 (April 2012): 401–434. 

Fladager, Vernon L.  The Selling Power of Packaging.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1956.

Franken, Richard B.  Packages That Sell. New York: Harper Brother, 1928.

Gadsden, Nonie, and Kate Lanford Joy.  America Goes Modern: The Rise of the Industrial Designer. Boston: Museum of Fine Art, 2022.

Gansky, Paul. “Refrigerator Design and Masculinity in Postwar Media, 1946–1960.” Studies in Popular Culture 34 (Fall 2011): 67–85.

Gorman, Carma R.  “Educating the Eye: Body Mechanics and Streamlining in the United States, 1925-1950.”  American Quarterly 58:3 (September 2006): 839-868.  

Hamilton, Shane.  “The Economies and Conveniences of Modern-Day Living: Frozen Foods and Mass Marketing.”  Business History Review 77:1 (Spring 2003): 33-60.

Harris, Howell John. “‘The Stove Trade Needs Change Continually’: Designing the First Mass-Market Consumer Durable, ca. 1810–1930.” Winterthur Portfolio 43 (Winter 2009): 365–406.

Harwood, John.  The Interface: IBM and the Transformation of Corporate Design, 1945-1975.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.  

Hine, Thomas.  The Total Package: The Evolution and Secret Meanings of Boxes, Bottles, Cans, and Tubes.  Boston: Little, Brown, 1995.

Jankowski, Jerry.  Shelf Space: Modern Package Design, 1945-1965.  San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1998.

Maffei, Nicolas P.  Norman Bel Geddes: American Design Visionary.  New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

Malherek, Joseph.  “Packaging Personality: Walter Landor and Consumer Product Design in Postwar America.”  Australasian Journal of American Studies 31:2 (December 2012): 57-70.

Nickles, Shelley. “Object Lessons: Household Appliance Design and the American Middle Class, 1920-1960.”  PhD dissertation, University of Virginia, 1999.

Nieland, Justus.  Happiness by Design: Modernism and Media in the Eames Era.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

Noble, David F.  America By Design: Science, Technology, and The Rise of Corporate Capitalism.  New York: Knopf, 1977.

Obniski, Monica.  “Selling Folk Art and Modern Design: Alexander Girard and Herman Miller’s Textiles and Objects Shop (1961-1967).” Journal of Design History 28:3 (September 2015): 254-274.

O’Malley, Christine Grace.  “The Design Decade and Beyond: American Industrial Designers and the Evolution of the Consumer Landscape from the 1830s to the 1950s.” PhD dissertation, University of Virginia, 2002.

Porter, Glen.  “Cultural Forces and Commercial Constraints: Designing Packaging in the Twentieth Century United States.”  Journal of Design History 12 (1999): 25-45.

Pulos, Arthur J.  American Design Ethic: A History of Industrial Design.  Cambridge: MIT Press, 1986.

Schwartz, Vanessa R.  Jet Age Aesthetic: The Glamour of Media in Motion.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020.

Street, Sarah, and Joshua Yumibe.  Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2019.  

Twede, Diana. “Uneeda Biscuit: The First Consumer Package?” Journal of Macromarketing 17:2 (Fall 1997): 82-88.  

Twede, Diana.  “The Birth of Modern Packaging.”  Journal of Historical Research in Marketing 4:2 (2012): 245-272.

Wall, John.  Streamliner: Raymond Loewy and Image-Making in the Age of American Industrial Design. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.

Wallace, Don.  Shaping America’s Products.  New York: Reinhold, 1956.

Wilson, Kristina.  Mid-Century Modernism and the American Body: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021.

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