Frankfurt: I.G. Farbenindustrie AG, n.d. (ca. 1926). First Edition in French. Slim 8vo. Original publisher's yellow pictorial card wrappers.  pp. + 4 sample cards displaying 24 color samples, original acetate tissue guards present. Light shelf wear, wrappers very slightly soiled and toned. Very good. Item #3515
Easily the most attractive I.G. Farben catalogue that we have encountered. Normally they are BORING or in later productions pro-Nazi. Our catalogue, which is not listed in OCLC, features a cover adorned with highly stylized "modernist" illustrations of a lady's newly-polished crimson shoe; a box of bright yellow candles; and a shiny floor with a wax jar.
The contents of the trade catalogue are "Sudan-colored" dyes produced by the German chemical company I.G. Farben. The dyes from this collection, first introduced in the 1920s, were employed in such household products as shoe and floor polish, candles (all of which are depicted on the cover), and cleaning materials. By the 1930s I.G. Farben was the largest of its kind in Europe, and the fourth largest in the world. It was also a major donor to the Nazi party, and later -- under the leadership of Carl Krauch -- used slave labor from Auschwitz. Our catalogue of dyes for domestic products presents a much less sinister view of the company.