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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.

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..

Our curators have highlighted 12 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Book, Elementary Color, 1895
  • H x W (open): 20.3 × 27.9 cm (8 × 11 in.).
  • Gift of Walter Granville, Smithsonian Libraries, ND1489 .B811 1895.
  • 92.2016.26

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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

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