20th century materials expert Grace Jeffers recently wrote a story explaining the difference between vinyl and vinyl composite tiles — including their different grades today — of interest to homeowners with vintage floors or pondering new floors. Grace also reminds that asbestos was a common component of resilient flooring throughout most of the 20th century. For example, the advertisement I found for this story — for 1956 Matico tiles — is for vinyl-asbestos tiles. If you own a vintage home, make sure you consult with a licensed professional to find out what is in your old floor tiles, including any backing and the materials used to adhere the tiles, so that you can make informed decisions how to handle them. Meanwhile, if you are looking for new tiles, Grace’s story is a good first step to beginning to understand and distinguish among the different grades in today’s marketplace.
And… remember the story I wrote about 1950s color consultant Beatrice West and all those amazing NOS pink caloric appliances? Well, here we have another stylist, Margaret Lowe. The only thing that I can find out about her online, is a copyright notice for her book, The Marglo Principle of Color Programming, either originated or renewed in April 1971.