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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 301 (279)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 301
Page 301

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 301

ABRASION TEST MACHINE conlrusts the edge wear on an assortment of different fabrics under exactly the same conditions. Studies can be made at various intervals and each fubric's resistance noted.

appearance; excellent wearing qualities and resistance to soiling; minimum of maintenance required; and less vandalism.

2. Fabrics made with mohair cotton and rayon fibres, properly blended into the pile construction, will give excellent service.

3. 100% - cotton velours, tightly woven, will give good service. Light colors, however, show soil quickly.

4. Flat, non-pile fabrics usually show soil early in use. Some wear well, but all show wear earlier than pile fabrics.

5. Better-quality fabrics are actually better values and will cost less in the long run.

6. Loop-pile type fabrics 0r tapes fl


tries, with long floating yarns, become defaced with buckles, hooks, etc.

Fabrics made with smooth synthetic yarns in the body of the fabric will unravel easily and pull out at the seams of cushion covers. Fabrics with less than 32 fill threads per inch will pull out at the seams, unless they are rubberized on the back side. High-quality, woven, plastic-yarn cloths, with their decorative weave designs and colors, can be used with highly satisfactory and pleasing results when sewn properly to soft-fabric side-boxings. It is extremely hazardous to use

unsupported plastic films over spring and resilient-cushion construction. The film will crack or split open to expose the cushioning. Soon after this happens, the cushion is plucked out and destroyed by vandals.

10. Unsupported plastic films take a permanent set. They can be stretched, after which they will return to very nearly their original shape. If this stretching is repeated, the return will be less each time. This characteristic causes areas of loose wrinkles in the seats and backs.

11. Cloth-supported imitation leathers with properly formulated coatings make excellent covering for certain installations. Some of imitation leathersl characteristics are: their ready adaptability to washing for sanitary purposes; good seating properties through the slippery surface, which enables chair occupants to move around in their seats without having their clothes shift as well; and the formation of a moistureproof barrier for the cushioning materials.

12. Nylon fabrics have wonderful abrasion resistance, but, unless they are suitably constructed with proper yarns, they produce a matted-down appearance. Nylon fabrics with a combination-cord weave and pile stripe are best for public seating. There are several styles on the market, in frieze patterns, fiat weaves, and pile constructions. Most of them are good for household use, but for public seating extreme care must be exercised to select those that will serve well.

There are more matters to consider in buying upholstering materials than the average individual realizes. Many thousands of dollars a year are being wasted because improper choices are made. It is hoped that the foregoing will be of benefit to those who will be faced with the responsibility of wise selection in the future.


While the life of a theatre chair is generally conceded to be eight to ten years, vandalism, heavy trafiic, and other relatively local conditions often reduce this period and cause a need for earlier n*J'uvcnation. Then again, chair life can often be stretched for several years longer through a complete reupholstering job.

Pictured here is an interesting view of the freshly roupholstered chairs in the Strand, Lexington, Ky. An attractive Weave of gray, green and red Lumitc on the backs and a single stripe weave of the same fabric on the seats has pror duccd a trim, serviceable result. Lumite woven plastic fabrics have become popular amoinr theatres due to their stainproof, non - inflammable, long- wearing, and easy clcaning characteristics. Still another attribute of woven plastic fabrics is their unique "breathing" quality permitting air to circulate between the threads and eliminate sticky feeling.

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 301