"Tools of the Trade: 19th and 20th Century Architectural Trade Catalogs"

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"Tools of the Trade: 19th and 20th Century Architectural Trade Catalogs"
Photograph courtesy of the National Terra Cotta Society
"Suggestions for the Color Effects in Terra Cotta," 1927.

Dating back to the 1850s, commercial catalogs were created by architectural merchants and manufacturers to promote their products and services to customers all over the world. The Art Institute's exhibition of trade literature showcases the catalogs as an important resource for the study of historical design and construction practices, allowing scholars to track architectural trends throughout the years.

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