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One of the earliest forms of black tinting material known to man was the charred bones of animals remaining in their early cooking fires. As far back as 2650 B.C., bone char was used to paint the walls of Pernebís tomb in Egypt. During the 18th dynasty at Thebes, bone char was ground and mixed with gum to create the first paints. Centuries later, as railroads moved west across the American plains, a major obstacle to their progress was the littering of bones on the prairies. With such a plentiful supply of raw material, the bone black industry flourished for many years as the sole source of true black pigments. The advent of the oil industry brought the world a new black pigment, carbon black, which at first was a throw away by product, then available for a nominal charge. Bone black was nearly forgotten except for a few applications. Oil shortages and rapid rise in oil by-products brought a decrease stock supplies of carbon black. But by this time, bone black had nearly been forgotten by industries using black tint. It had become "The Forgotten Black." Itís time for you to remember bone black.
Cosmic Black (Ebonex trade name)