In a search some three years ago for an old catalog of optical instruments, I went to the science and technology division of the New York Public Library and requested a certain volume indexed under what seemed an appropriate category. What the libra 17 messenger delivered to me turned out to be a diverse collection of pamphlets on optics and laboratory instruments. The catalog I had hoped to locate was not in the collection, and the items were of no interest to me—with one exception: a seemingly misfiled eight‐page pamphlet that came as a stunning surprise. Its cover page announced a “Printer's Proof of General Outline Plan for Exhibition on Color.” The exhibition was scheduled to begin on 1 January 1931 at the “Museums [sic] of the Peaceful Arts (A Museum of Science and Industry)” at 220 East 42nd Street in New York City. The existence of such a museum was as surprising to me as the mounting of the exhibition.

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