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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
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
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
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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
"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,
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“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 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
“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
“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.

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