Thursday, February 02, 2012


Books like Pantone: The 20th Century In Color make a vintage lover's heart beat just a little faster.  The description from reads:

Pantone, the worldwide color authority, invites you on a rich visual tour of 100 transformative years. From the Pale Gold (15-0927 TPX) and Almost Mauve (12-2103 TPX) of the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris to the Rust (18-1248 TPX) and Midnight Navy (19-4110 TPX) of the countdown to the Millennium, the 20th century brimmed with color. Longtime Pantone collaborators and color gurus Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker identify more than 200 touchstone works of art, products, decor, and fashion, and carefully match them with 80 different official PANTONE color palettes to reveal the trends, radical shifts, and resurgences of various hues. This vibrant volume takes the social temperature of our recent history with the panache that is uniquely Pantone.     

The whole 20th century, by color.  Are you feeling a little faint with excitement, Gentle Readers?  I am.  The question now is, which format do you like?  There is something to be said for a nice big book where you can revel in the photos.  There is also something to be said for the portability of the Nook version that can be taken on shopping expeditions. 

I have Ye Olde Nook that is in black & white only, so it's going to have to be the book version for me.  I don't mind, though.  I love the smell of ink.

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