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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Mecho-Clothing  
  Apparel created entirely by machines.  

At the end of civilization, it would be nice if one of these was still working.

"That town," the farmer said, "is Fairfax. It has a lumber mill, one of the best in the world. A couple of pottery works. A place where you can get clothes put together by machines. Regular mecho-clothing. A gun shop where they pour the best shot this side of the Rockies. And a bakery. Also, there's an old doctor living there, and a lawyer. And some people with books to teach the kids. They came with t.b. They made a schoolhouse out of an old barn."
From Last of the Masters, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Orbit Science Fiction in 1954
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Compare to the instant customized clothing from Methuselah's Children, the 1941 novel by Robert Heinlein.

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