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H. Kohnstamm & Co. color specimens

Identifier: GB90-04

Scope and content

These are specimen cards printed for members of the printing trade to show the variety of color inks being offered by H. Kohnstamm & Co.


  • Creation: undated

Language of Materials

Text in English.

Biographical sketch

H. Kohnstamm & Co. was founded in 1851 by members of the Kohnstamm family. Although they briefly dabbled in blueing and laundry supplies, the company's main interest was importation and or production of colorants and pigments. The company was adversely affected by the U.S. government's 1976 ban on Red Dye #2. In 1988 H. Kohnstamm & Co. was acquired by Sensient Technologies which closed several of its operations.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists. Method of acquisition--Gift;; Date of acquisition--1990..

General Note

This collection consists of loose color cards and a fabric covered cardboard case originally used to contain them.


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Repository Details

Part of the Science History Institute Archives Repository

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