30 December 17: Superstitious green

Hello folks.
I’ve been writing about green for my new @psychologiesmagazine column. Some people find it lucky while others run a mile from it. I’m not superstitious but one green fact I read about makes the association with bad luck completely reasonable.

In the 1800s, manufacturers worked out how to make a stunning green for use in clothing and interiors. Unfortunately, the intense colours came from using arsenic.

It was only after years of people developing hideous sores and, in some cases, actually dying (including a whole family of children whose nursery was wallpapered in the colour) that manufacturers decided it wasn’t such a great idea after all.

Aren’t we lucky to have such amazing colours that we don’t have to forfeit our health for?

Martha, The Colour File x


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