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The Past 100 Years in Color Trends

Every decade seems to have a color that really defines it. This color will be found on nearly everything at one point or another from clothes to cars to appliances. In each decade there was usually one color that really defined the era more than any other. If you had to pick one color to sum up each decade these would be it!

1910s

Black was the color that defined the 1910s. Trends from the Victorian era were still dying away and black remained an extremely popular color for clothing for a variety of reasons. It hides dirt, is modest, and is always appropriate for a funeral. And it wasn’t just clothing. From 1914 to 1925 Ford’s Model-T was only available in black because the black paint dried quickest. This choice had a definite effect on the style of the day.

The Past 100 Years in Color Trends

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The Past 100 Years in Color Trends

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1920s

The flapper days, the Jazz Era, the Roaring ’20s! The decade was full of celebration and many luxuries for those could afford them. While any number of colors were popular, gold really represented the era. From the hardware on telephones to the beads sewn onto strappy black gowns, gold caught the light and reinforced the feeling that the highs would never end.

The Past 100 Years in Color Trends

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The Past 100 Years in Color Trends

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1930s

After the Stock Market Crash, families did what they could to survive. Even in the midst of poverty, new inventions were being created everyday. The burgeoning plastics market was set to boom and printing technology made for some of the most delicate colors printed on cotton, like those found on feedsack dresses that were so common during the ’30s. And let’s not forget the widely distributed Depression Glass in that pale pink shade we’ve come to love.

The Past 100 Years in Color Trends

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