Thursday, May 21, 2009

Advice from 1872

A lady of taste will not forget that colors change according as they are looked at by day or by lamp-light, and we see her in the middle of the day stepping into a closed saloon lit up with gas to choose her evening dress. … Buttercup yellow, so bright at any time, is brighter than ever of an evening, straw-color becomes rosier, … Pink changes to salmon-color. …The yellow light of gas or candles, so hostile to all blue tints, enhances the splendor of red. Ruby becomes more brilliant, nacarate appears lighter, cĂ©rise deepens to crimson, and crimson inclines to capucine, which itself assumes a more orange-like tone, and orange vies with fire-color.
Harper's Bazar, April 27, 1872

excerpt from:
Elephant's Breath and London Smoke
edited by Deb Salisbury
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