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Depicted (sitter):
Lincoln, Abraham  Search this
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
silk (overall material)
black (overall color)
white (overall color)
green (overall color)
red (overall color)
orange (overall color)
tan ground (overall color)
plain weave; cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 35 1/2 in; 91.44 cm x 90.17 cm
Object Name:
Fabric Length
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
Length of printed "Vagabond Crepe" (Mallinson trade name). Weft ribbed, crepe fabric woven with silk warp and doupion weft. Printed with allover pattern "The Life of Lincoln," one of the Mallinson 1929 "Early American" series. This design depicts Lincoln as the barefoot boy by the log cabin; studying by light of fireplace; as the rail splitter; as well as the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. Colorway: beige ground with print in shades of orange, green, brown, black, red, white. Selvage width; selvage inscription.
Mallinson's 1929 "Early American" series of printed dress silks was based on historical events and figures that were perceived at the time to consitute a shared American story. It was the last of the company's line of designs based on American themes in which each design was printed in at least seven colors, in several colorways, on three or four different ground cloths. The stock market crash and economic depression that followed made the investment in this kind of design unprofitable.
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Silk Industry
Migel-Mallinson Silks
Mallinson's Early American
Data Source:
National Museum of American History