mixed media (1945), multimedia (1950)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Fri Dec 31 09:13:09 UTC 2004

mixed media (OED3 1962)

[1916 _Los Angeles Times_ 16 Jan III4/5 Throughout the month of January, a
series of recent portraits by Max Wieczorek, the most of them being in the
mixed medium of charcoal touched up with colored chalks, will be shown at
Hotel Huntington, Oak Knoll.]

1945 _New York Times_ 23 Dec. X4/4 The current spirited group exhibition
at Macbeth's includes a truly remarkable large drawing of crows, in mixed
media, by Andrew Wyeth, which rather dominates the show.

1946 _The Art Bulletin_ 28 (Mar.) 57/1 His basic line-and-stipple method
... was no more an equipment for translating Holbein's mixed media than it
was for reproducing, say, Baroccio's pastel head-studies.

multimedia (OED3 1962)

1950 _New York Times_ 14 May F8/5 (advt.) Primary emphasis will be on
planning and execution of multi-media advertising and sales promotions to
Latin America markets.

1956 _The English Journal_ 45 (Mar.) 137/1 Multi-media translation of
literary works is a technique recommended by Professor Marshall McLuhan of
the University of Toronto.

--Ben Zimmer

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