JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
This is another installment in a series on putting color into what we normally would think of in terms of black and white photos (and movies)--the results are sometimes surprising and unusual. (There are posts here on the color schemes on 1930's schoolrooms in Cleveland, air recon in color, color dissonance in 1940's bathrooms, colorless color charts, and other such bits, all findable by entering "color black and white" int he Google search box.) The pamphlet below would sound like a simple and badly-titled publication (How to Plan Walls that Please, by Armstrong Cork Products, 1938) if you were just reading about it in a catalog, but in real life, it is a symphony of exploding and unexpected color. At first the color combinations had a somewhat claustrophobic effect, but I think it was mostly because the rooms were small and densely packed--once that is accounted for, the colors seemed to take on a welcoming attitude...especially in the kitchens, where you'd expect to sit down at one of those small tables and wait for Grandma to serve you some fresh pie.
In any event, here are some examples for the pamphlet: