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American Decalcomania Company sample album

Accession 1997.230

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, American Decalcomania Company sample album (Accession 1997.230), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: American Decalcomania Company sample album
Dates: circa 1920
Accession Number: 1997.230
Creator: American Decalcomania Company.
Extent: 1 volume
Physical Description: 1 loose-leaf album (21 sheets): color ; 11.5 x 9.5 in.
Location: GL Box 1.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Decalcomania is the process of transferring pictures or designs from specially prepared paper to glass, ceramic, metal, or other material. The American Decalcomania Company was a major decalcomania company in the early twentieth century in the United States. This collection is an undated loose leaf album showing samples of American Decalcomania Company's commercial decal products.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for access.

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Historical Note

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.

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Scope and Content

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.

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Access Points

Decalcomania--Catalogs.
Sample books.
Trademarks.
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