Sunday, November 18, 2012

Trivia!

This color became popular in the late eighteenth century, despite being named for a pest.

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    1. It is indeed, you beat everyone else to the punch!

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    2. Woot! I remember reading about puce in "Queen of Fashion." My mother had told me about the color when I was little, and I always thought it had an ugly name, but neither she nor I knew it meant "flea."

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  2. I like that there were different shades of Puce including for the belly of the flea etc which means it can range from a fawn brown to a pinky colour. Totally cracked me up!

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    1. They just seem to have had a name for everything, and a million variations as well.

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  3. Puce! I've seen the derivation/description given as both the color of a bloody squished flea, or the color of a flea that's engorged with blood. It's shown as browner than I generally envision it in this fashion plate.

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    1. Ooh, thanks for the sharing! I love those old fashion plates, they are such a wealth of information.

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