1887 Fabric Samples from Arnold Print Works of North Adams, Massachusetts.
"Turkey Red" Oil Color.
While the label says Turkey Red, notice the word "oil" in the name. Oil Turkey Red dyes were partially synthesized, so they are not the older, much more complicated, Turkey reds seen in the first half of the 1800's. However they were more stable than the later synthetics. "Oil boiled colors" is another name for dyes in this category.
Top photo taken without a flash, bottom photo with the flash, but neither really captures the color perfectly.
Continuing with more fabric sample books.
This is fabric sample book from Spring and Summer 1916 with fabrics offered by the National Importing and Manufacturing Co. NY, NY. There are many types of fabrics included, I have picked a few pages for photos to give a taste of what fabrics this company had available at the time.
These prints were very soft and delicate looking. Most are summer weight cottons.
The solid colored fabrics came in a nice variety, from pastels to the more jewel tones.
Notice that some of the prints are similar to the prints of the 1919 sample cards from the Pacific and Windsor companies that I posted previously.
Fabric sample cards.
These two sample cards date to 1917. The top card contains actual fabric samples, while the second card simulates the textured fabrics. Cards like these were sent out to retailers and they were carried by the fabric salesmen when visiting retail stores.
These two fabric cards show a wide range of hues from pastels to jewel tones.
Vintage and antique fabric sample books give us an idea of the fabrics that were available to quilt makers in the past.
This is a Simplex sample book showing fabrics available from 1923 - 1924. This book contains a combination of actual fabric samples and designs printed on paper. It's sometimes hard to tell the difference between the two because they are so realistic.
The book contains samples of the solid colored fabrics and the printed fabrics.
Small sized light colored prints.
There are also pages with dark fabric prints in indigo, black, grey, and claret.
As a quilter and quilt collector I am naturally drawn to fabrics. New or old, I love fabrics. One of the best ways to learn about fabrics is to study books on fabrics (and quilts) and study fabrics in fabric sample books. Over the years I have been fortunate to find some great fabric sample books.
Sample book dating to 1939 from Rice - Stix converters. Here they offer their "Topmost Fashions" line of cotton fabrics.
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