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The 1939 New York World's Fair Edition of Maharam Fabric Corporation's "Costume Sketches" - Designs in color for theatre and dance by Jac-Lewis is this listings rare treasure find! Filled with 30 pages of glamorous costume illustrations (in COLOR), this wire bound booklet/catalog is a treasure trove of 1930s costume design! We have found only one reference to it on the internet and that is the Library of Dance or Bibliotheque de La Danse in France. A copy appears to have been donated to their library.

Whether you are a seamstress wanting to make a spectacular Halloween costume for your little trick or treater, a dance instructor preparing for your next recital, an artist with an interest in costume design, a scrapbooker, a doll maker, a World's Fair memorabilia collector, or just love to look at rare old illustrated books...this one is spectacular! AND, it's the New York World's Fair of 1939 Edition!

In really lovely condition...3 or 4 pages have some light pencil notes on them...but don't cover any of the designs and could probably be erased. There are no tears or rips. It is printed on heavy paper.


The University Libraries, with the smooth assistance of Eugene Bolt in the Development Office, recently received a new addition to its special collections: the Jac and Miriam Lewis Costume Design Collection. Jac Lewis graduated from the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (now The University of the Arts' College of Art and Design) in 1935, moved to New York, New York, and began a highly successful career as a costume and fashion designer.

Mr. Lewis' career as a prominent costume designer flourished during the pre-World War II era when New York nightclubs staged lavish and extravagant productions featuring leading stage, film, and singing stars. Mr. Lewis designed costumes for many prominent nightclubs in New York, including the Copacabana, the Latin Quarter, and the St. Regis Hotel. He also designed costumes for the Schubert Organization's plays and operettas

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1939 World's Fair Costume Sketches Booklet - Halloween and Glamorous Dance Costumes - Illustrations - Instructions