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The Day-Glo Brothers

The Day-Glo Brothers

The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-new Colors

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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.
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781570916731
157091673X
Call Number: j 535.352 B293d 2009
Characteristics: 39 unnumbered pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Persiani, Tony - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Dayglo brothers

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When an accident left Bob recovering in a darkened basement, he and his brother Joe 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.

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 experim... Read More »

The story of two brothers stumbled on a formula for colors that glow with an extra-special intensity—Day-Glo colors.

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.

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.


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Jcallicoat
Sep 13, 2020

Ages 7 to 10

Joe thought fluorescent paints could jazz up his magic act, which it did—but it also helped America win World War II. Picture book format, with full page illustrations.

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stinkpot
Oct 24, 2014

Interesting

CSchmidt1 Mar 06, 2012

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.

LocketLibrarian Dec 31, 2011

What a fun story! And retro fabulous illustrations!

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

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stinkpot thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

LocketLibrarian Dec 31, 2011

LocketLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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