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H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
silk (overall material)
medium blue (overall color)
dark blue (overall color)
pink (overall color)
black (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
tan ground (overall color)
plain weave, cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
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fabric length
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
"Marines & Camouflage" is the title of this design, from the first La Victoire series designed by H.R. Mallinson & Co. just before the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War I was signed, in November 1918. The firm’s marketing brochure stated,"That there is much real art in camouflaging is proven in this design in which you see the Marines and then you don't." Camouflage became a military necessity during World War I. Long range artillery and aerial observation and bombardment wreaked havoc within the static trenches, as did submarine warfare at sea. The armed forces required new ways to hide from enemy observation and attack, and recruited artists and scientists to assist with camouflage efforts. The importance of their efforts is recognized by this design, printed in five colors on a tan ground, on “Pussy Willow” silk, one of Mallinson's most enduring fabrications.
Currently not on view
World War I  Search this
Related event:
World War I  Search this
Armistice of November 11, 1918  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Silk Industry
Migel-Mallinson Silks
Mallinson’s La Victoire
Data Source:
National Museum of American History