Scarf of "Garden of the Gods" design, Mallinson's National Park series

Scarf made of Mallinson's best known "Pussy Willow" trademarked plain weave silk fabric with printed design "Garden of the Gods: in red, yellow, tan, purple, gray, orange, black, etc. on a white ground. Stitched hem along the sides and finished at the ends with 12" rayon fringe in red. 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, etc. In addition to sample lengths of each design, and samples of all the colorwaysand ground cloths of one of the designs, the firm also donated two scarves as examples of how the silks would look in use..
Object Name
Date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
Physical Description
silk, rayon (overall material)
plain weave; cylinder-printed (overall production method/technique)
red (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
purple (overall color)
gray (overall color)
orange (overall color)
white ground (overall color)
landscape (overall pattern)
overall: 56 in x 19 in; 142.24 cm x 48.26 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
American Silk Industry
National Parks
American Silks
Mallinson's National Parks
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Mallinson's National Parks
American Stories
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.

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