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Textile (USA), 1939

This is a textile. It is dated 1939 and we acquired it in 1988. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This carefully composed photomontage pattern features famous New York City landmarks, including the Chrysler, Empire State, and Woolworth Buildings, Grand Central Station, the old Penn Station, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and the Statue of Liberty. The dynamic collage celebrates the city’s position as both the commercial and industrial design capital of the country, a point of pride during the economically depressed 1930s. New York City set the style for the nation – and with this textile, it was the style.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled An Anonymous, Yet Patriotic Textile Design.

This object was purchased from Cora Ginsburg and fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and catalogued by Gillian Moss. It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 184.8 × 88.3 cm (72 3/4 × 34 3/4 in.) Repeat H x W: 43.2 × 77.5 cm (17 × 30 1/2 in.)

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Textile (USA), 1939; cotton; H x W: 184.8 × 88.3 cm (72 3/4 × 34 3/4 in.) Repeat H x W: 43.2 × 77.5 cm (17 × 30 1/2 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 1988-55-1

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