Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Purple Haze

by Leigh

source: sensationalcolor.com
  • Purple was the color of the first dye made by man. It was called “Mauveine” and was made out of coal tar. The recipe was discovered by William Henry Perkin in 1856.
  • Purple represents the planet Jupiter.
  • February is the month associated with the color purple and the birthstone for those born is February is amethyst.
  • Purple Stones: Amethyst, Ametrine, Sugilite, Lavender Jade, Sugilite, Selenite, Iolite, Lavender Quartz, Lepidolite
  • The Byzantine emperor signed edicts in purple ink.
  • Leonardo da Vinci believed that the power of meditation increases ten times when done in a purple light, as in the purple light of stained glass.
  • In 1999, formal Moral Majority spokesman Reverend Jerry Farwell came out publicly against the children’s show Teletubbies. He believed that its character “Tinky-Winky” was gay, stating that he was purple – the color of gay pride – and that his antennae was a triangle – the symbol of gay pride.
  • The poem “Warning” by English poet Jenny Joseph begins with the line “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple…” The poem and its famous purple line has become a tongue-in-cheek reference to a woman’s struggle with aging.
  • Purple is the color of Madison Square Garden and seating for VIP’s was once covered in purple.
  • Purple is the color of the highest denomination poker chip = $5,000
  • During the Silver Age of comic books, those with purple on their covers sold better.
  • In stained glass, the color purple or violet is seen as uniting the “wisdom” of blue and the “love” of red and symbolizes justice and royalty.
  • The “Purple Orchid Three” is a sweet potato grown by its Hainan developers from seeds taken into space in 2005 on China’s “Shenzhou VI” rocket. 


Dotti said...

Not only do I love your purple haze, I love all these random facts about the color purple! Who knew a color could have so much "personality"?

Anonymous said...

I have to say that to me, the line “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple…” doesn't speak about a woman's struggle with aging, but with her delight in the freedom of it. And I have found it to be so for myself. It's a joy to wear whatever I please without caring what others might think is appropriate for a woman of my age. I don't think I actually have anything in purple, though. That might need to change! :-)

terriporter said...

Love all these facts about purple, some that I knew and some that were new to me. I can't believe the one about Tinky-Winky! You'd think I'd know that one since it is recent but I had never heard that! Looking forward to seeing everyone's purple images in the Flickr gallery this week!

Liz said...

How gorgeous! Great facts!

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