Sunday, August 14, 2011

Horseshoes and Chocolate

'Chocolates', in textile history, look like a dark reddish overprint of a silvery ground and were popular toward the end of the 19th century. I once had a fabric designer tell me....They should look like a Hershey bar wrapper! Well they do...but is that how they got the name?

The Hershey Chocolate Company did not introduce the 'maroon brown' wrapper with gold wording until about 1902. It was updated to silver lettering in 1912.

Novelty shirting was also in style late 19th century...horses, horse shoes, riding crops, playing cards and insects were favorites...usually in a red/black design on off white.

1 comment:

  1. I try to buy the novelty shirtings whenever I find them. I especially like to use them in log cabin blocks.