"Early American Transportation" dress silk, Mallinson's Early American series

"Early American Transportation" dress silk, Mallinson's Early American series

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Length of sheer silk voile--known as "Indestructible Chiffon Voile" -- Mallinson trade name for a sheer, plain weave, all silk fabric (mfr #1800). Printed with all over pattern (mfr #2764) one of the Mallinson Early American series--titled Early American Transportation. The design illustrates such incidents as DeWitt Clinton crossing Erie Canal with canal boat in foreground, train pulling into old Schenectady, Palisades with the Hudson and the Clermont in foreground, as well as other forms of transportation such as horseback, stagecoaches, and early trains. Seven colors (reds, yellows, black) on a white ground. Selvage width, selvage inscription. 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.
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Object Name
Fabric, Printed
fabric length
Date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
plain weave; cylinder-printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 39 1/2 in; 91.44 cm x 100.33 cm
ID Number
catalog number
T (/) 5943
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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