"Dedicated to the Women of the Allied Nations" design; printed dress silk, Mallinson's La Victoire series II

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Description
This design, titled "Dedicated to the Women of the Allied Nations," is from the second La Victoire series by H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc., produced in conjunction with the Peace Conference after the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War in was signed. Machine-printed on Mallinson's trademark "Pussy Willow" silk, one of the firm's most enduring staple qualities, the design depicts stylized female figures in 'national' dress, including a "Liberty" figure to depict American women. Many of the designers and marketing staff in the Mallinson firm, as well as most of the mill-workers, were female. Perhaps this fact encouraged the company to recognize in silk the contributions to victory made by the women who supported the war effort both at home and in the theater of war, as volunteers and in professional capacities.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1918
maker
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
fuschia (overall color)
blue (overall color)
gold (overall color)
green (overall color)
white (overall color)
dark blue ground (overall color)
plain weave, cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
"Pussy Willow" (overall style)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
ID Number
TE.T04079
accession number
63204
catalog number
T04079.000
T4079
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
subject
World War I
American Silk Industry
related event
World War I
Armistice of November 11, 1918
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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