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Sample Book, Standard Color Card of America, 9th Edition

This is a Sample book. We acquired it in 1960. Its medium is label: board covers, printed cardboard pages, silk samples. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.

When World War I blocked the import of quality dyes from Germany, American textile, ribbon, leather, straw, and feather manufacturers formed the Textile Color Card Association of the United States to facilitate color coordination across the fashion trades. Subscribers received standard color cards for the spring and fall seasons each year.

This object was donated by The Color Association of the United States, Inc..

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Sample Book, Standard Color Card of America, 9th Edition; USA; label: board covers, printed cardboard pages, silk samples; 1960-82-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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