Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Color of the Day - Scheele’s green

Scheele’s green, 1870 – It is injurious to wear a green dress, of the colour have been imparted to it by means of Scheele’s green, which is arsenite of copper – a deadly poison. I have known the arsenic to fly off from a green dress in the form of powder, and to produce in consequence, ill health.
Advice to a Mother, 1870

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