The Day-Glo Brothers

The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-new Colors
Barton, Chris (Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Day-Glo Brothers

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A discovery that made the world a brighter place! Joe and Bob Switzer were very different brothers. Bob was a studious planner who wanted to grow up to be a doctor. Joe dreamed of making his fortune in show business and loved magic tricks and problem-solving. When an accident left Bob recovering in a darkened basement, the brothers began experimenting with ultraviolet light and fluorescent paints. Together they invented a whole new kind of color, one that glows with an extra-special intensity--Day-Glo. This cover reproduction is not printed with Day-Glo colors. The actual book, however, is printed using three Day-Glo colors: Saturn Yellow, Fire Orange, and Signal Green.
Authors: Barton, Chris
Title: The Day-Glo brothers
the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand-new colors
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2009
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,28 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Chris Barton ; illustrated by Tony Persiani
ISBN: 157091673X
Branch Call Number: j 535.352 B293d 2009
Subject Headings: Paint Juvenile literature Colors Juvenile literature Fluorescence Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Paint
LCCN: 2008026959
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The story of two brothers stumbled on a formula for colors that glow with an extra-special intensity—Day-Glo colors.

What started as an attempt to liven up a magic show becomes so much more! Before 1935, fluorescent colors did not exist. Barton discusses how two brothers worked together to create the eye-popping hues.

Describes the discovery of fluorescent paint by Bob and Joe Switzer, who experimented for years before finding the formula for creating colors which could glow in sunlight, a feature which led to the paint being used for safety items around the world.

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Oct 24, 2014
  • stinkpot rated this: 3 stars out of 5.


Mar 06, 2012
  • CSchmidt1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was interesting to learn while reading this story to my 8 year old son, that the brothers who created Day-Glo paints had to persevere when faced with a great deal of adversity. Wonderfully illustrated.

Dec 31, 2011
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a fun story! And retro fabulous illustrations!

don't read with a headache, the pages are very Day-Glo!


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