"Marine & Camouflage" design printed dress silk, Mallinson's La Victoire series I

"Marines & Camouflage" is the title of this design, from the first La Victoire series designed by HR 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 on “Pussy Willow” silk, one of Mallinson's most enduring fabrications.
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Object Name
fabric length
date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
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
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
World War I
American Silk Industry
American Silks
Mallinson’s La Victoire
World War I
Armistice of November 11, 1918
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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