Length of Pussy Willow (trade name) silk-- a fine, soft, radium-like, plain weave fabric (mfr #1900). Allover printed pattern (mfr #2762), "Gardens of Old Salem," one of the H.R. Mallinson & Co. 1929 Early American series. This design depicts the House of Seven Gables, old Darby Wharf, the Witch House, Home of Judge Corwim and Roger Williams, town pump, courtship of Nathaniel Hawthorne--done in 8 colors - shades of yellow, peach, and orange with white and black, on a light green ground. Judging from drawings by free-lance textile designer Walter Mitschke in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, Mitschke designed this print and several others in the Early American series.
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.