Scarf of "Niagara Falls" design; Mallinson's National Parks series

In late 1926 American silk manufacturer H.R. Mallinson & Co. introduced a bold new line of printed silks, twelve landscape designs, each available in from eight to twelve colorways (color combinations) on three different ground fabrics. The designs celebrated America's National Parks - then only a decade old. The designs represented all the usual styles necesssary for making clothing: allover prints, horizontal stripes, checks, a border design. This long rectangular scarf is made from the overall design depicting Niagara Falls, on Mallinson's trademark Pussy Willow silk. The scarf is finished with a machine-stitched picot edging along the sides, and finished at the ends with an 8 1/2 inch wide border of plain orange Pussy Willow silk.
Object Name
Date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
grey (overall color)
blue (overall color)
pink (overall color)
orange (overall color)
plain weave; cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 90 in x 22 in; 228.6 cm x 55.88 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
United States: New York, Niagara Falls
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
American Silk Industry
National Parks
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
Mallinson's National Parks
American Stories
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.

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