20th century developments in fabrication, such as plastics, play a key role in the history of the garden gnome. Technological progress, ever the bull in the china shop of society, definitely altered the trajectory of these pointy-hatted denizens.
Synthetic materials, like bakelite, made the manufacturing of objects much easier in the early 20th century. Over time, the use of plastics in manufacturing became essential to turning out consumer goods in mass quantities. The mass production of garden ornaments, particularly in America, took off in the post-war years. This was the era of pop-art and, for a few glorious years, kitsch was King. Continue reading “A Fascination with Gnomes (Part 5)”