Plauen, Germany: [circa 1950s]. Folio, unpaginated, 50 leaves of inlaid modal swatches with handwritten inventory numbers, over 700 swatches of a variety of brightly colored patterns. Original gray cloth, stab-bound with thick string, black paper boards with handwritten inlaid title label to upper board. Edges and corners slightly chipped, some scattered scuff marks and rubbing, Leaves are slightly age toned but all the swatches are bright and near perfectly preserved. A comprehensive sample book of modal fabric swatches in cheery colors and lighthearted patterns from 1950s Germany. With contemporary manuscript annotations and handwritten inventory numbers, this sample book is likely one of a kind. (Inventory #: 108589)
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