Show Notes: Colors

Tracy Wilson

Dyemaker Ignacio J. del R¡o Duenas, watches clusters of female cochineal insects feed on a nopal cactus leaf on his Tlapanochestli farm. Image by © Macduff Everton/Corbis

In the last year and a half, Holly and I have recorded plenty of episodes that have been requested by multiple listeners. But this is the first time that multiple listeners have requested different pieces of the same episode. Nicole asked for a history of mauve. Baruch asked for a history of tekhelet. And other listeners (whose names didn't make it onto the list) have asked for cochineal and blue. A request from Havilah tied it all together - a general history of colors and dyes, which is what we're talking about today.

Our listener mail is about the Angel of Mons from listener David.

Episode link: A Brief History of Colors

For more knowledge: Why do girls wear pink and boys wear blue?

My research:

  • Ball, Philip. "Birth of the Blues." Nature Materials. Vol. 4. Dec. 2005.
  • Brown, Peter. "The Color Blue." Scientific American. Vol. 301, Issue 3. 2009.
  • Douma, Michael, curator. "Pigments through the Ages." (2008).
  • Finlay, Victoria. "Color: A Natural History of the Palette. Random House. 2002.
  • Frey, James W. "Prickly Pears and Pagodas: The East India Company's Failure to Establish a Cochineal Industry in Early Colonial India." The Historian. 2012.
  • G?owacki, Eric Daniel et al. "Indigo and Tyrian Purple - From Ancient Natural Dyes to Modern Organic Semiconductors." Israel Journal of Chemistry. Vol. 52, 2012.
  • Krafts, K.P. et al. "The color purple: from royalty to laboratory, with apologies to Malachowski." Biotechnic & Histochemistry. Vol. 86, no. 1. 2011.
  • Ngo, Robin. "What Color Was Tekhelet?" Bible History Today. 9/11/2013.
  • Schultz, Colin. "In Ancient Rome, Purple Dye Was Made from Snails." Smithsonian. Oct. 10, 2013.
  • Stewart, Jude. "Dialing Up (Or Down) The Color." Print. Vol. 67, no. 3. 2003.

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