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Photo guide to asphalt asbestos floor tiles sold by Armstrong in 1955.

These asphalt-based flooring products typically contain chrysotile asbestos, and possibly other asbestos forms.

This article series provides a guide to identifying asphalt-asbestos flooring (1917 - ca 1960) & vinyl asbestos floor tile (ca 1952 - 1986): identification photographs, product names, styles, colors, and vinyl-asbestos floor patterns, and colors for asbestos-containing floor tile products made between about 1930 and 1986 - flooring materials that are reported to or have been confirmed to contain asbestos in asbestos fiber or asbestos powder-filler form.



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How to Identify Asphalt & Vinyl Asbestos based Floor Coverings & Floor Tiles 1900 - 1986 begins here at 1949-1950

Asphalt asbestos-like floor tiles, probably Armstrong 1940-1955 (C) Inspectapedia.com

Asphalt-Asboestos resilient floor tiles Manufacturers, Brands, Styles, Photo Guide begins here.

How to Find Your Floor Tile or Sheet Flooring in this Flooring Reference Photo Guide

Asphalt asbestos and vinyl-asbestos floor tiles were produced in 9" x 9", 12" x 12", and even 18" x 18" as well as in decorative strips, and in thicknesses of 1/16", 3/32", and 1/8", also in 0.08 gauge. Some sheet flooring or resilient flooring also contained asbestos, as did floor tile mastics.

This photo guide to asphalt asbestos & vinyl asbestos floor tiles for each year shows at least one color photo of each floor tile style or pattern in an example color. A list below each group of photos includes the names of and links to additional photos for other colors of these styles.

The brown and marble patterned asphalt-based floor tiles shown in our photograph are almost certainly an asphalt-asbestos floor tile from the 1940's or 1950's, probably an Armstrong flooring pattern. Asphalt-based floor tiles pre-dated vinyl-based floor tiles and were usually of much darker background colors.

[Click to enlarge any image] Shown below are examples of vinyl-asbestos floor tiles.

Asbestos is safe and legal to remain in homes or public buildings as long as the asbestos materials are in good condition and the asbestos can not be released into the air.

1955 - Complete Armstrong Excelon Vinyl Plastic Asbestos Floor Tiles, Patterns & Color Guide

Armstrong floor combining Seaspray Green D911 and Foam Grean C092 from a 1955 Armstrong floor catalog at InspectApedia.com

In 1955 Armstrong's asphalt-based floor tiles (all containing asbestos) were produced in 9" x 9" dimension and in 1/8" as well as 3/16" thicknesses. Some of these were also available in Armstrong Greaseproof Asphalt Tile.

1955 asphalt asbestsos flooring: Armstrong Excelon Seaspray Green D-911 and Foam Green C-092 are shown combined in this excerpt from this ARMSTRONG 1955 ASPHALT FLOOR TILE CATALOG [PDF]

These are 9x9" floor tiles.

A typical Armstrong 9x9" floor tile packaging box with its labeling is shown below, provided by an InspectApedia.com reader. [Click to enlarge any image]

Armstrong asphalt floor tile box, 9x9 Seaspray Greeen D-911 pattern (C) InspectApedia.com reader S

Below: Armstrong's Seneca White floor tile.

Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photo U.S. Library of Congress

1955 Armstrong Asphalt-Asbestos Floor Tile Color List:

Armstrong solid color floor tiles in 1955 Pompeian Red & Black (C) InspectApedia.com

POMPIAN RED A-200, BLACK A-210.

SENECA WHITE 770, MOHAWK GRAY 771, COMMANCHE BLACK 772, SHAWNEE BLUE 773 SEMINOLE YELLOW 774

AZTEC GRAY 775 CHEROKEE WHITE776, APACHE RED 777 - first year for this long-running favorite color, PAWNEE BEIGE 778,

MOHICAN CEDAR 779, OSAGE GREEN 780, NAVAHO GRAY 781,SIOUX PINK 782, IROQUOIS TAN 783,

Armstrong Foam Green & Tennessee 1955 floor patterns (C) InspectApedia.com

IVORY D-900, FOAM GREEN C-902, EBONY B-905, JASPER GREEN C-907, SEASPRAY GREEN D-911, TOKAY B-919, CEDAR B-918,

Armstrong Gray Taupe, Cedar, Ivory, Pearl Gray floor 1955 (C) InspectApedia.com

CINNIBAR C-924, PALOMINO BEIGE C-926, GOLDENROD D-927, ANTIQUE GREEN B-935, AGATE B-936,

Armstrong Cinnibar Antique Green Camero Gray and Tokay floor tiles 1955 (C) InspectApedia.com

TENNESSEE D-942, PEWTER GRAY C-944, PEARL GRAY C-946, GRAY TAUPE C-947, LAGOON BLUE D-952,

Armstrong Lagoon Blue Palomino Beige 1955 flooring (C) InspectApedia.com

CAMERO GRAY C-961, CORINTHIAN RED D-964, LIGHT WOODTONE D-970, DARK WOODTONE C-971

Armstrong asphalt asbestos floor tile Osage Green (C) InspectApedia.com

Above - probably Armstrong asphalt asbestos floor tile in pattern and color OSAGE GREEN 780.

Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photo U.S. Library of Congress

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APACHE RED shown above as an installed vinyl asbestos floor.

Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photo U.S. Library of Congress

NAVAJO GRAY No. 781 (above) vinyl asbestos flooring images from 1955

Armstrong Solid Color Feature Strips 1955

According to some sources we found, no solid color feature strips were sold in 1955. However solid color feature strips do appear in this ARMSTRONG 1955 ASPHALT FLOOR TILE CATALOG [PDF] indicating that solid color feature strips were sold in six colors in 1", 2" and 3" widths. Feature strip asphalt flooring were usually installed to form a border around the room or to mark off a rug area.

Armstrong Asphalt based feature strips in 1955 (C) InspectApedia.com

Armstrong Die Cut Insert Tiles 1955

In 1955 the Armstrong company also sold die-cut asphalt tile inserts in 12 patterns including Top Hat No. 515, Sandtrap No. 523, Pointer No. 511, Champagne No. 514,

Wild Duck No. 500, Cocktail No. 501, Sailfish No. 517, Four Aces No. 520,

Palm Tree No. 524, Anchor No. 510, Siesta No. 521, Lyric No. 522.

Armstrong die-cut floor tile patterns in 1955 (C) InspectApedia.com

Armstrong Flagstone Pattern Asphalt Tile 1955

Also appearing in 1955 was Armstrong's Flagstone pattern asphalt tile, sold in three color patterns (below), in 18" wide strips designed to fit into typical 18" wide mortar beds, and described as "... especially appropriate for ranch-type houses, enclosed porches, and open plan living areas. It's suitable for installation in basements too."

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Armstrong Asphalt Cove Base

In 1955 Armstrong also sold an asphalt-based cove base used to trim the wall/floor juncture.

Armstrong asphalt based cove base trim in 1955 (C) InspectApedia.com

Armstrong 1955 Asphalt Asbestos Floor Tile Catalog

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