^ the beauty of color in art and in everyday life, 1921
from a feature on historical color guide: primitive to modern times (1938):
the historical color guide: primitive to modern times is an intriguing little book written by elizabeth burris-meyer, described on the book’s title page as the “dean of the school for fashion careers.” published in 1938, the book presents thirty different color schemes for use by designers, from interior decorators to dress-makers. burris-meyer proposes her schemes as psychological portraits of a time or place, from the complex tones favored in prosperous times to the brilliant purity of more “primitive” impulses.
the palettes are each presented as the distilled essence of either the work of a painter, a culture, or an historical epoch. one is at first charmed by the seemed naivete of the ambition, but then completely seduced by burris-meyer’s clever mixture of intense hues and gently muted tones. part of the book’s appeal is the startling intensity of the color chips, actual samples of painted paper that have been pasted into the book by hand…
various science fiction paperback covers, 1950-1977:
> this set is on flickr
+ top pre-golden age sci-fi book covers… pretty rad.