Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kalsomining and Its Discontents

Some conversations we doubt really got spoken.  1890s-ish American trade card for brushes of different kinds.  Had to look up 'kalsomining' to understand the second frame--the one with the two black post-Recon-struction menial laborers.  One is obviously adept at the practice; the other, foolishly inept.  'To cover or wash with calcimine.'  Calcimine/ kalsomine turns out to be a 'white or tinted liquid containing zinc oxide, water, glue, and coloring matter, used as a wash for walls and ceilings.'  Some kind of whitewash going on here for sure.   Click image to enlarge.