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.
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