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Have You Picked Yourself a PHirinihg Color? Expert Says Each Individual Has a Color Which lEhen Determined and Properly Used Insures Success y Health and Happiness. BY VIRGINIA W. PRICE. y y vr HAT'S in a name? What's in a M M / number? What’s in a color? •m/m/ To each of these questions vari y J/ ous students of the law of vibra tion are wont to answer, •‘Every thing,” butjiot the least important of these is claimed to be the vibration of color. • Having heard much of Jana and her color forces, curiosity prompted an interview, which was held over a cup of tea in the expert’s own Sitting room in an apartment hotel in Washing ton. Hie room, like Jana herself, was interest ing. unusual, and like Jana it had character and Individuality. It was at once restful and stimu lating. as though clearing the mind of trivial matters, petty worries and preparing it for the entrance of higher thoughts to travel unham pered along pleasant mental routes to solution. Something of this indefinite feeling began to take definite form in my consciousness. It was then that I noticed that the color scheme of the room was green and its mistress also wore green, including her long drop earrings, a neck lace and a scarab ring, which I later learned was over 1,000 years old. Everything about Jana was interesting and everything was har monious. I have since discovered that nothing is ever worn or used by her which has been acquired thoughtlessly or without due regard particularly to color. Ar 11 mus t be remembered that Jana, who in pri vate life is Mrs. Harry Dseripg Greenstreet Addison, the wife of a former English lias lived in many parts of the world—in Russia, Prance, Italy, Spain, England and America—and has made color and color forces a lifetime study. It was in Russia that she made her most inten sive study of this subject, and it was Incidentally her life in Russia—the old Russia—that she loved the best. Here she lived for 12 years, until one memorable night, whUe her husband was fighting at the front, she and her baby daughter fled just ahead of the advancing Ger man troops. Jana contends that each person has a color or combination of colors that contain definite vibrations and characteristics that are solely personal; that when the color fits the person ality dynamic forces are evoked which insure success, health and happiness. “You vibrate to green,” she informed me through the fumes of a cigarette. A dozen questions were seeking an immediate answer. Was this the explanation of my present feeling of harmony? Does color really produce vibra tion and had the color scheme of the room actually influenced my mental vibrations? Does each individual vibrate agreeably to a certain color or colors and by the proper utilization of color may one change his mental outlook and attitude toward the world in general? “It has been established that color produces vibration and vibration is life Itself,” she told i«e. “Since it is recognized that color has a S finite place and purpose in each person’s life, secure the fullest value of that fact each per son should surround himself with his personal color. Color helps to quicken the unseen into manifestation. The things that you are feeling, but are inarticulate to express, can be shown in the personality portrayed by your color. Change your color and the vibrations of your mind will change.” I saw at once that Jana was very earnest and very serious about this matter of color. She also had a very convincing manner of speaking. Fascinated, I listened intently as she continued jn her low, cultured voice: “Judicious use of color is one of the most effectual ways of controlling children and of aiding them to realize their best in life. The nervous, high-strung child, for example, will only become more so by surrounding him with colors that excite him. The small child that Is given to outbursts of temper should be given light-colored playthings, in the budding color sense of a child Only the brilliant hues attract. •If. however, these are permitted to surround the child to the extent that they crowd out the softer tones the child will be overstimulated. Many undesirable traits are thus given impetus in the young child that are hard to curb later. That 1 restraint which is the basis of good breed ing is not found where any force in a child’s life is allowed to be rampant. In years to come, whether a man or a woman is going to remem ber childhood's home as a comforting haven in its mellow, restful tones or as a place where his very forces seemed to be sapped by jangling Mplors is a question which mother can decide helpful forces of nature there is no need for any one. outside of the mo;t lazy or indifferent, to say, ‘I learned too late. “Use of color in Interior decoration is of vital importance because of harmonious effects that may be produced. Inversely, the antagonizing influences set up by the use of color in the ,r " ’’ * r 'T'-v » ' wr •» * v TOE SUNDAY STAR, WASHINGTON, D. C„ DECEMBER 22, 1029. hands of the ignorant are legion. Harmonious use of color In the home cannot have any bind ing rule because all colors and shades of color can be profitably employed. The person re sponsible for the decoration of a home should discover the personal color or colors of those who are to live within its walls. These colors should be combined and used in connection with each other to the extent consistent with har mony. And if it is possible to effect such an arrangement it is a profitable Investment for each person to have a ‘niche’ fitted up in the individual personal color. This ‘niche’ may be a bed room, boudoir, den, study; any sort of room, in fact, where the individual may be dis tinctively reflected in his surroundings. There, for rest and withdrawal from other people, the individual may go and his personal color is not intruded upon the personal color of another to the extent of even a slight annoyance.” Jana was speaking fluently and without hesi tation, a slight perpendicular wrinkle appearing at intervals between her thoughtful eyes. “What a gratifying thing when one comes to think of it,” she went on, “that in building up beauty, charm and happiness there are so many forces just awaiting utilization! The trouble is that the many, many things which are put on earth for our happiness are recognized by so few of us. We are content with the crumbs of life when we might just as easily have the feast. The use of color is like drawing upon a bountiful ocean of happiness possibilities. Everything Is there for us. All we have to do is to avail our selves of the bounty. Pick out women at a club meeting, at a tea. at a dance, at any social gath ering—how many of them are colorful, bright beings who scintillate personal charm? Very few. we must admit. And of those who ‘do stand out in a crowd,’ without exception they have availed themselves of every aid and, clever enough to recognize that they could not possibly be authorities in every line, they have called to their assistance the wisdom of experts.” "Please tell me the relation of color to the characteristic of timidity.” I ventured. “Timidity,” she said, “is often another name for inferiority complex. A woman will shrink in the background, letting an unwholesome state ot mind possess her to the extent that she will come actually to believe that other women be long in the picture* while she automatically fades out of it. This is particularly tragic for the young girl who sees other girls have a good time and winning admiration while she always has to stay on the outer edge of things and can never be in the midst. A mouse-like woman or young girl should know that she becomes ‘mbusier’ still if drab, nondescript colors are affected. The vibrations of these colors are exactly those which she needs to shun. In wearing such colors she aids in digging the grave of her popularity. She puts a value on herself and the world takes her at her own valu ation. This same person put in the hands of an expert on color, studied, analyzed and dressed with color acumen emerges as a bright butterfly from its chrysalis.” Then Jana discussed the influence of color throughout the early ages. She said that al though it is not generally known, it is neverthe less a fact that many famous leaders of an tiquity—both men and women—had very defi nite preference for and belief in the influence' of color, not only on themselves, but on those with whom they came in contact. In some cases these have become traditional and legendary; in others the actual writings of co temporary chroniclers have borne out these facts. "In the present time.” she added, "when color is coming into its own, when its influence is proving to play so Important a part in every-day life. It is interesting to reflect how really ancient this ‘color Instinct’ is. With no scientific or psychological reasoning developed, there yet existed an innate preference for and belief in the power of some definite color—a preference that amounted almost to superstition. And it is still more interesting to note how very ap proximately correct, in the light of modern re search, these subconscious instincts were.” It is well known, for instance, that Catherine of Russia, whose life was the most extraordinary blend of greatness and licentiousness, was ex tremely fond of crimson. Her private apart ments at the palace were decorated in this color. Her enormous four-poster bed had a canopy and hangings of the heaviest crimson silk. One of her lovers. Prince Potemkin, once asked her why she surrounded herself with so vivid a color, to which she replied that it made her feel more vitally alive than did any other hue and that when she returned tired out after hunting or traveling the sight of it not only relieved her fatigue but inspired her with new life. The most tragic figure in French history u undoubtedly Marie Antoinette. She brought with her from her native Austria a passion for pig?on-blue, a color that, according to Jana, •^ 1 * “iaM," the color expert. . “formed an admirable foil for her fair coloring and golden hair.” Marie Antoinette's quarters at Versailles and the Trianon show to what ex tent she carried out this color motif. On one ’ occasion one of the ladies of her entourage ex pressed the opinion that this was a traditionally unlucky color, to which the Queen gayly replied that it might be so to others, but that she found herself at home only with pale blue. It was not long afterward that she changed it for black, in the Temple Prison, and is was in black that she met her death on the guillotine. Charlemagne the Conqueror, Kmperor of the West, inspired his enemies with terror, not alone through his reputation for invincibility, but chiefly through having his cavalry clad in black armor and mounted on black chargers. This fact is well brought out in Tennyson's “Charlemagne.” Charlemagne was wont to say. “Black is the color of victory." and he canried out this color scheme into every detail of his life. In planning his campaigns in any conquered city he would order his living quarters to be draped in black velvet, maintaining that only through close con tact with this color was he able to concentrate and to plan. His campaign tent was lined with black silk and all the appointments of it were of the same color. The Empress Theodora, whose career is one of the most amazing in history, was so partial to red that she was never known to wear any other color. Tradition has it that she was convinced that red was the secret of her power and that after her accession to the Bynntlne throne she surrounded herself with this color in the full belief that through it she would retain her power. However, on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, in order to appear humble before the Holy Sepulcher, she donned the gray robes of a nun, and later, in the years of her exile, she was wont to ascribe her downfall entirely to the discon tinuance of the dominating color. Speaking relative to the pronounced miscon ceptions of color, Jana said that so frequently people with brown eyes believed that for this reason brown was their color and made exten sive use of it, whereas In reality brown might in their cases produce harmful vibrations and should not be used by them at all. In other words, because a person has brown, blue or gray eyes it does not mean that a corresponding color is invariably that which suits that particular personality. The date of one birth, as well as the birth dates of the parents, according to Jana, is a much more important factor in de termining the personal color. Speaking of the general characteristics of color, Jana said: "Green, of which there is a large amount in our natural surroundings, is a most soothing and relaxing color. The vibrations of this color bring out ambition, adaptability, sympathy, individuality, resourcefulness, versatility and realization of hope. Those who are partial to green are lovers of pleasure and are fond of the arts and of travel. ‘‘Red is the color which is long known to ex press passion and also compassion. It is the color of life and power. Activity, creative power, excitement and warmth are expressed by this color. “Blue is the color of truth and fidelity. Hops and unselfishness, kindness and exalted emo tions generally are associated with it. It is the color, however, that will least bear overuse, as too much blue becomes decidedly depressing. ” “The vibrations amanating from orange give rise to conceit, pride, worldly desire, confidence greed, strength, insight, criticism and lust 3L. “Violet is the highest vibratory color. It ig the color of the idealist. Lofty aspirations, spirituality, reverence, genius and creative powers of the mind are evoked by this color. “Intuition and spiritual reflection are sum marized in yellow. Mastery, understanding, wisdom and culture are vested in this color or strength “White reflects all other colors. Vibrations ot white foster innocence, constancy, steadfastness, integrity and hope. “Black absorbs all colors. This color has a deadening influence on other colors. Vibrations of the mysterious and the unknown arise from this color. "The vibrations of gray are characterized by an absence of life. Fear and worry are in the train of gray, with depressions and weaknesses as attendants. To many this color has the vibration of ill health.” Vulue of Tuberculin Test . of the tuberculin test as a re quirement of all dairies selling milk in any form for human use can And a strong argument to justify the cost of the test in the figures on milk consumption during the years the drive for the test has been conducted. In 1920 less than 5,000,000 cows and heifers cut of 23,000.000 were subjected to the test. By 1926 this figure had increased to 10,000,000, and the total now is estimated at 16,000,000. During that same period the per capita milk consumption has increased 50 quarts a year. Whether the test can be given credit for the increase is a subject for conjecture, but the coincidence is striking.