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Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.

1936

  • Work on this object began.

2018

2019

  • You found it!

Tablecloth, Food for Thought, 1936

This is a Tablecloth. It is dated 1936. Its medium is cotton.

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.)

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