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July 30, 2022

Film Star’s Photos Printed on Pillows, 1939

In 1939, not content with collecting photographs and autographs, star-struc movie fans in England go their American sisters one better by buying novelty pillow covers bearing the likenesses of their favorite movie stars.

Almost life size, the pillow portraits were real photographs printed on the fabric by a photographic-printing process. The material was first treated with a sensitizing solution, then exposed under the negative, and finally developed and fixed. Movie-star draperies, upholstery, and dress fabrics were being manufactured in a similar way.

The picture was reproduced on cloth by a special photographic process.




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