Tablecloth, Presidents' Signatures, 1940
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.
This tablecloth was part of a display of Mergentime’s linens and table settings at Wanamaker’s in Philadelphia during the 1940 Convention of the National Republican Party. She spoke at the store on June 26, 1940.
It is credited
Courtesy of Mergentime Family Archive.
Its dimensions are
L x W: 169.5 × 128.9 cm (5 ft. 6 3/4 in. × 50 3/4 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Tablescapes: Designs for Dining.