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Textile, Americana Print: Rhapsody, 1925

This is a textile. It was company: Stehli Silk Corporation and designed by John Held Jr.. It is dated 1925 and we acquired it in 1937. Its medium is silk and its technique is printed by engraved roller. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Rhapsody’s intricate pattern features a jazz orchestra in a lighthearted, cartoonish rendering that resembles a polka dot print. Jazz was the music that gave name to the age. Its complex rhythms and syncopation mirrored the pulsing cadence of culture in the 1920s. Jazz clubs were the epitome of urban nightlife across America and this stylized representation was a perfect fit for Stehli Silks’ Americana Prints line of dress fabrics.
Designer John Held was an American illustrator best known for his iconic drawings of Jazz Age flappers.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled A Jazzy Print.

This object was donated by Marian Hague and catalogued by Gillian Moss. It is credited Gift of Marian Hague.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 24.1 × 97.8 cm (9 1/2 × 38 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Americana Print: Rhapsody, 1925; Designed by John Held Jr. (American, 1889–1958); USA; silk; H x W: 24.1 × 97.8 cm (9 1/2 × 38 1/2 in.); Gift of Marian Hague; 1937-1-3

We have 1 media file that features Textile, Americana Print: Rhapsody, 1925.

"Rhapsody In Blue," Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra, featuring George Gershwin (1924)

George Gershwin is, simply put, an American treasure. While “American Popular Song,” “Tin Pan Alley,” and orchestral works are all a vital part of his catalog, “Rhapsody In Blue” is...

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