As one expects, there’s a distinct air of racism about a lot of advertising from the middle 1900s. The use of Chinese Silk allowed for the use of very obvious stereotypes in advertising. One egregious example of period racism is Congo Cloth. I suspect that they chose the name simply to be able to use a stylised “African” face in their adverts and labels. Sure, the fabric was designed for warmer climates, but Congo seems a bit arbitrary. Really awful. Below the pic of the tie is an advertisement for Congo Cloth from a 1938 edition of Esquire.