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Swatch out! The Design Center at Philadelphia University houses over 200,000 textiles and fashion objects. A sliver of this massive archive is now available for all to see via The Design Center tumblr. It’s striking how contemporary many of these prints look, the designs from the late 1880s are often the most eccentric/in vogue. Take a look at these selections, featuring prints of many styles and eras, along with Dorothy Liebes and Jack Lerner Larson wovens.

Vermicular print on cotton. Unknown manufacturer. Late 19th century..jpegVermicular print on cotton. Unknown manufacturer. Late 19th centurytumblr_mhr9rpZ99y1qhwqx1o2_1280.jpegEnglish print, 1896-97
Abstract print on cotton. France. 1896-97..jpegAbstract print on cotton. France. 1896-97
Zig zag print on cotton. France. Sept. 9, 1896-97..jpegZig zag print on cotton. France. Sept. 9, 1896-97
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1890Chevron checkerboard print on cotton. France. 1895..jpegChevron checkerboard print on cotton. France. 1895
Dorothy Liebes. Rigid weft sample. 1950s. Wood and novelty yarns..jpegDorothy Liebes. Rigid weft sample. 1950s. Wood and novelty yarns
Dorothy Liebes woven sample. Mid-twentieth century.jpegDorothy Liebes woven sample. Mid-twentieth century
Dorothy Liebes. Rigid weft sample. 1950s. Wood and novelty yarns.jpegDorothy Liebes. Rigid weft sample. 1950s. Wood and novelty yarns
Floral print on silk. Unknown manufacturer. 1930s-1940s..jpegFloral print on silk. Unknown manufacturer. 1930s-1940s
french.jpeg Geometric print on silk in 4 colorways. Unknown manufacturer. 1930s-1940s...jpegGeometric print on silk in 4 colorways. 1930s-1940sJack Lenor Larsen - Brocade - Copper Blue.jpegJack Lenor Larsen – Brocade – Copper Blue
Jack Lenor Larsen woven sample -  Haitian Primitive Twill - Brown Striae.jpegJack Lenor Larsen woven sample –  Haitian Primitive Twill – Brown
Linked circle print on ombre cotton. 1906. .jpegLinked circle print on ombre cotton. 1906
Polka dot and plaid print on cotton flannel. Unknown manufacturer. 1906..jpegPolka dot and plaid print on cotton flannel. 1906
Plaid print on cotton. Knickerbocker. 1885..jpegPlaid print on cotton. Knickerbocker. 1885Plaid print on cotton flannel. Unknown manufacturer. October 1914..jpeg  Plaid print on cotton flannel. October 1914tumblr_lvuqb0LkVn1qhwqx1o1_1280.jpeg
Onandaga Mills, Eastern PA.tumblr_mgmr6dDi6o1qhwqx1o2_1280.jpegJamaica on Utopia. David and Dash. Miami, FL. 1960s