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This silvery, reflective metallic finish was first discovered in France in the late 18th century, but did not become commercially viable until 1925. From then on it became increasingly commonly used for chromium‐plated finishes to a wide range of goods including tubular steel furniture by designers such as Marcel Breuer, Mies Van Der Rohe, and Le Corbusier, decorative finishes to domestic products, and automobile detailing in the 1920s and 1930s. It was found in the USA in many contexts in the 1930s, from jukebox, refrigerator, and cooker ornamentation to decoration in railway carriage interiors, cocktail bars, diners, and shops.

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