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1923

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Book Illustration, Cook’s Linoleum, Pattern 3388, 1923

This is a Book Illustration. It was written by Union Mercantile & Manufacturing Company and published by Union Mercantile & Manufacturing Company. It is dated 1923. Its medium is lithograph. It is a part of the Smithsonian Libraries department.

Linoleum is a fascinating floorcovering because it was designed to be the ultimate chameleon. Widely-used in homes and public spaces throughout the 20th century, linoleum flooring came in a vast array of patterns including ones that imitated wood flooring, mosaics, bricks, marble, or even Oriental rugs. These faux designs imitating more expensive or less durable materials were intended to be almost indistinguishable from the real thing, although a homeowner may disagree. Durable, easily cleaned, and relatively inexpensive, linoleum flooring came in a variety of designs, including modern geometric patterns and traditional floral motifs, to define any type of room or space. Special designs were produced for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and children’s rooms, while generic designs could be used anywhere.

It is credited Collection of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 20.5 × 24.5 cm (8 1/16 × 9 5/8 in.)

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