Neckties from the 1940s and '50s
were the acme of modernism.
Some were advertised as hand-painted
as in this R monogram tie.
Many companies had a hand in the fad. Here's a tie
signed the California Artists Guild.
Ardley of Hollywood
A "Studio Stencil"
Some look airbrushed
Others cut from continuous pattern yardage
but many feature a graphic designed
to fit the form, probably silk-screened.
Here's a crazy quilt from an online auction
The variety of embroidery stitches might make one think it was late
but the necktie shape and imagery is a giveaway to mid-20th-century.
1951 ad from the Cutter Cravat company of Chicago
"Styled for You!
A Confident...Secure...Right Feeling is yours when
you wear a Cutter Cravat Artist Original. Friends will
compliment your taste."
And people ask why my generation rejected middle class culture.
Well, not all of us.