Tablecloth, Food for Thought, 1936
This is a Tablecloth.
These “talking” tablecloths reveal Mergentime’s strength as a graphic designer in her creative use of typography and careful composition of text in its relationship to the table and diner. Her textiles were expressive, capturing the essence of a word or phrase through a signature or typeface. In Food Quiz, questions with their answers were jumbled, leaving it up to the diners 1939to make the correct matches (answers were highlighted). Food for Thought, produced for Lord & Taylor, was a true test for American history buffs with answers contained in an accompanying booklet.
It is credited
Courtesy of Mergentime Family Archive.
Its dimensions are
L x W: 134 × 134 cm (52 3/4 × 52 3/4 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Tablescapes: Designs for Dining.