As I’ve mentioned before in this blog, I have an old Corona knitting machine (model CN9). I’ve met a few other machine knitters who have Corona machines, but no one seems to know very much about them. Since I ran across a little tidbit about Corona on Corona’s website, I thought I’d post a translation here for those who don’t speak Japanese. (Japanese text from Corona website; English translation my own)
“[Corona] began manufacturing home-use knitting machines in Showa 28 [AD 1953]. That was the year Stalin died, the Korean War armistice was signed, and Khrushchev became premier of the Soviet Union. In Japan, it was the period when the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) began and the Diet was dissolved with Prime Minister Shigei Yoshida’s cry of ‘Bastards!'”
“In Showa 22 [AD 1947], our newly born company thought to make merchandise in demand at the time. Eight years after losing the war [WWII], it was a time when the food situation had settled down a little. Although [people were] very dissatisfied with the basic necessities of life, in the midst of that, we [at Corona] paid attention to clothing.”
“Women were fashion conscious. They were accomplished in practice [NOTE: Not sure I’ve translated this sentence correctly – I don’t recognize the idiom]. They wanted fashionable clothes, but because of the postwar shortage of goods/materials [inexpensive fashionable clothes] weren’t available. At that time if there were easy to use, highly efficient knitting machines, women could make stylish clothes. Granting women’s desire to dress in smart outfits was the Corona knitting machine.”
So it doesn’t actually say much about the machines themselves, just the social situation behind Corona’s decision to manufacture knitting machines. Still more than I knew about Corona than before!