Today is "favorite color". Thought long about this - does the prompt want a color pertaining to the museum or to me? Then I realized that, like me, the folks coming out to the Midwest in 1856 *loved* the color red.
We tend to call this color "oxblood red" but oxblood red is actually a brown-red. "Turkey red" was a dye/color apparently only for cotton during this time (so not applicable to the Arabia collection); it was used in the late 18th century and continued in popularity for the next century. So, we're a bit unsure exactly what these shades of red would have been called in 1856, but there is a LOT of it in the cargo - from wool yarn to the silk in the photo to wool coverlets to wool shirts.
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