American Decalcomania Company sample album
Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library
PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
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Decalcomania is the process of transferring pictures or designs from specially prepared paper to glass, ceramic, metal, or other material. This process was discovered around 1750 by Simon Francois Ravenet. Over the years the process was improved and it gained in popularity in the 1870s, which is when the term decalcomania was created. Several famous artists used the decalcomania technique, including Oscar Dominguez (1906-1957), Max Ernst (1891-1976), Hans Bellmer (1902-1975), and Remedios Varo (1908-1963). Today the term has been shortened to decal.
The American Decalcomania Company was a major decalcomania company in the early twentieth century in the United States.
This is an undated loose leaf album showing samples of American Decalcomania Company's commercial decal products. The cover is embossed "American Decalcomania Co. Inc. Chicago." There is no text or price list. The decals are large and small and are attached to both opaque and clear sheets. They represent a wide range of companies and applications.