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Photo guide to asphalt asbestos and vinyl asbestos floor tiles, 1970-1972

This article provides a guide to identifying asphalt-asbestos flooring & vinyl asbestos floor tile sold in the early 1970's in the U.S.

This article series gives asphalt asbestos and vinyl asbestos flooring 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. These flooring products typically contain chrysotile asbestos, and possibly other asbestos forms.



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Armstrong Floor Tile Photo Identification Guide 1970 - 1972

Vinyl asbestos flooring photos from 1970)1970 - Armstrong Excelon Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tiles, Patterns & Color Guide, 9x9 & 12x12-inch

For colors for which a link is not provided below, see the earlier occurrence of that tile color in a previous year.

CUSTOM SAN MIGUEL 12x12x1/16"vinyl asbestos floor tile images from 1970 (shown at left)

CUSTOM TENOLLA 12x12x1/16" vinyl asbestos floor tiles produced in 1970

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1971 - Armstrong Excelon Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tiles, Patterns & Color Guide, 9x9 & 12x12-inch

For colors for which a link is not provided below, see the earlier occurrence of that tile color in a previous year.

Vinyl asbestos solid color tiles and strips 1971

MONTREL 12" x 12"x 1/8" thick (Cafe white) floor tile images from 1971

PRESIDENTIAL 12" x 12" x 1/8" (Montpelier beige)

FEATURE STRIPS (shown at left, assembled, these permitted modern Mondrian like designs by assembly) 24" x 1", 24" x 2", 24" x 3", accent strips

Feature tiles (solid colors) 12" x 12" x 1/8"

TRAVERTEX 12" x 12" (Tan) - this was a popular and widely-installed pattern

TRAVERTINE Swirl 12" x 12" x 3/32" (Ivory)

IMPERIAL TEXTURE 12" x 12" (Cottage tan)

IMPERIAL 12" x 12" floor tiles

Also these patterns:

1972 - Armstrong Excelon Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tiles, Patterns & Color Guide, 9x9 & 12x12-inch

For colors for which a link is not provided below, see the earlier occurrence of that tile color in a previous year.

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IMPERIAL MODERN 12" x 12" x 1/8" or 3/32" shown above in FLEECE WHITE 51850 (See more colors at our 1973 list)

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Excelon Embossed: CUSTOM BISQUE 12" x 12" x 1/16" shown above: NEW (notice the larger scale in this 1972 pattern than the similar but smaller-scale pattern produced in 1973 and later.)

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

Here is a reader-contributed photo of flooring resembling the CUSTOM BISQUE BEIGE 57092 vinyl asbestos flooring as installed in a Massachusetts home.

Above we include a CLOSEUP PHOTO of an individual vinyl-asbestos floor tileof this design.

  • Feature 12" x 12" (solid colors & feature strips - see prior years above)
  • Presidential 12" x 12"
  • Classic Travertine 12" x 12"
  • Standard 12" x 12"
  • Travertex 12" x 12"
Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photo U.S. Library of Congress

CRAFTLON DEVONPORT (9 x 9 & 12" x 12x 3/32" - above)

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CRAFTLON VERDANZA (Green - above) Armstrong flooring

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

CUSTOM BURNHAM 12" x 12" x 1/16" (shown above, a composite design) floor tile images from 1972 - shown above), sold both as Embossed 12" x 12" and Smooth Surface 12" x 12"

1973 - Armstrong Excelon Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tiles, Complete Pattern & Color Guide, 9x9 & 12x12-inch

For colors for which a link is not provided below, see the earlier occurrence of that tile color in a previous year.

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Floor tiles shown above correspond left to right to the patterns named below where we also include links to additional colors for each style or pattern.

IMPERIAL MODERN 12" x 12" x 1/8" & 3/32" gauge vinyl asbestos floor tiles (above) produced by Armstrong Flooring in FLEECE WHITE 51850, MELLOW SAND 51851 (shown above), and in SMOKE BEIGE 51852, CHAR BROWN 51854, MEDIUM CORK 51855, BAYBERRY WHITE 51856, OLIVE 51857, SANDRIFT WHIT 51858, LIGHT UMBER 51860, and POWDER GRAY 51861)

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IMPERIAL TEXTURE floor tile pattern above in 12" x 12"x 1/8" (as COTTAGE TAN 51830, TOWER GOLD 51831, TEMPLE ORANGE 51833, CABANA OLIVE 51857 (shown above) , and SHELTER WHITE 51836, PALACE BEIGE 51837, MANSION GOLD 51838, FORTRESS WHITE 51839, TENT OLIVE 51840, and in CASTEL GRIEGE 51841)

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TRAVERTEX floor tile pattern sized 12" x 12" x 1/8" (BRIAR TAN 51130 (shown above), FROST WHITE 51131, CREAM WHITE 51133, MIST WHITE 51135, HARVEST IVORY 51137, NOUGAT BEIGE 51138)

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

EXCELON STANDARD floor tile patterns (shown above) size 12" x 12" x 1/8" (BAYBERRY BEIGE 56721 (shown just above) - for a full color list of Armstrong Excelon "Standard" tiles see our COMPLETE COLOR SERIES FOR BOTH VINYL-ASBESTOS AND ASPHALT STANDARD TILE PATTERNS FOR 1973

Presidential pattern Armstrong Vinyl Asbestos floor tile sold in several colors (C) Inspectapedia.com

PRESIDENTIAL pattern 12" x 12" x 1/8" floor tile patterns like the one shown above were sold by Armstrong in these colors: PRESIDENTIAL MONTPELIER BEIGE 51950 as shown above also sold in PRESIDENTIAL WHEATLAND WHITE 51951, PRESIDENTIAL MONTICELLO GOLD 51952, and in PRESIDENTIAL MT VERNON TAUPE 51953, PRESIDENTIAL SAGAMORE GREEN 51954, also see 1974

Armstrong Excelon Craftlon Devonshire Inset flooring (C) Inspectapedia.com

CRAFTLON DEVNOSHIRE INSET 12" x 12" x 3/32 flooring by Armstrong was sold in CRAFTLON DEVNOSHIRE INSET BROWN 54451, GOLD54452, CRAFTLON DEVNOSHIRE INSET WHITE 54453, RED 54454)

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Floor tiles shown above correspond left to right to the patterns named below where we also include links to additional colors for each style or pattern.

CLASSIC TRAVERTINE 12" x 12" X 1/8" floor tiles in six colors shown immediately above: WHITE 51880, TRAVERTINE BEIGE 51881, TRAVERTINE TAN 51882, GRAY 51883, MINT GREEN 51884, and TRAVERTINE OLIVE 51885

Also see two embossed versions of the Travertine floor tile identification pattern

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TRAVERTINE EMBOSSED 12" x 12" x 1/16" or 3/32" thick floor tiles (shown above) from 1973, are similar to Classic Travertine but sport an embossed surface, Colors: Vetralla 54221 3/32" only, and PONZANO TRAVERTINE EMBOSSED 54222

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

FEATURE SOLID COLOR floor tiles & accent strips 12" x 12" x 1/8" solid color floor tiles and 1" x 24" solid color vinyl-asbestos flooring accent strips in the colors shown just below.

These tiles were intended for accent spots, not for tiling an entire floor, because the solid color flooring would show scratches.

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CRAFTLON / ADELPHI II 12" x 12" x 3/32" vinyl asbestos floor tile images shown above, for 1973 (Olive 54430, Aalst 54431, Beige 54432 shown above, Baal 54433, Gold 54434)

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Craftlon Rancho Grande 12" x 12" x 3/32" vinyl asbestos floor tile images - 1973 (White 54490, Gold 54491, Green 54492, Terra Cotta 54493, & Beige 54494 above)

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

Embossed Craftlon Stonefield 12" x 12" x 3/32" by Armstrong, Colors: (Slate54770, Olive 54771, White 54472 above, Red 54773) [Compare with Shattered Stone pattern below & with Metric Chip 1968]

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EMBOSSED CRAFTLON BRISTOL SLATE 12" x 12" x 3/32" shown in Gold 54560 above, also sold in TERRA COTTA 54561, OLIVE54562, SLATE 45463) embossed floor tile surface, no pattern but surface texture looks like slate.

Embossed Craftlon DEVONPORT Armstrong flooring sized 12" x 12" x 3/32" Colors: Brown 534461, Gold 54462 5th from left above, White 54463, Red 54464)

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EXCELON IMPERIAL pattern Armstrong floor tiles 12" x 12" x 1/8" here TERRACE WHITE 56880 (above) were produced ONLY in this shade in 1973.

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

CUSTOM GLENMORE BRICK shown above, 12" x 12" x 1/16" (RED 57130, WHITE 57131 as shown above, GOLD 57132)

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CUSTOM OLD FORGE 12" x 12" x 1/16" in WHITE 57061 shown above, and TERRA COTTA 57062

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

CUSTOM EDEN WOOD 12" x 12" x 1/16" in WALNUT 57140, SADDLE 57141, WHITE 57142, shown above

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

CUSTOM SAN PEDRO SAN PEDRO 12" x 12" x 1/16" Armstrong floor tiles sold in hese colorsBLUE WHITE 57070 shown above, OLIVE 57071, GOLD 57072, ORANGE 57073, GOLD WHITE 57074, RED 57075

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

CUSTOM BISQUE 12" x 12" x 1/16" (WHITE 57090 shown above, RUST 57091, BEIGE 57092, BROWN 57093, BONZE 57094, OLIVE 57095) Compare this new smaller scale pattern with the larger-scale version produced ONLY in 1972 (above).

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CUSTOM BURNHAM 12" x 12" x 1/16" (BLUE 57080 shown above, CUSTOM BURNHAM OLIVE 57081, GOLD 57082, TAN 57083 BROWN 57084 - all of these color shades are quite similar)

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

CUSTOM GEODESSY 12" x 12" x 1/16" floor tile, shown above, also sold in TERRA COTTA CUSTOM GEODESSY 57120, WHITE 57121, SLATE 57122, OLIVE 57123, GOLD 57124, as shown above

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CUSTOM DIANNA WHITE OLYMPUS 12" x 12" x 1/16" Smooth Surface 51200

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CUSTOM Dianna White Caligula 12" x 12" x 1/16" Embossed 51202

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CUSTOM Dianna White Trajan pattern Armstrong floor tiles sized 12" x 12" x 1/16" 51203

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CRAFTLON ROMFORD BRICK 9" x 9" x 3/32" viny asbestos floor tiles sold in WHITE 57020, RED 57021, as shown above

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EXCELON POLISHED MARBLE, embossed 12" x 12" x 1/16" floor tiles in three colors: (Statuary White 54190, Peruvian Beige 54192 above

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EXCELON POLISHED MARBLE embossed floor pattern 12" x 12" x 1/16" floor tiles same series as above, but this tile pattern looks a bit differen MEADOW WHITE 54193 above.

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EXCELON CHANDELLE EMBOSSSED 12" x 12" x 1/16"in six colors: (BLUE OLIVE CHANDELLE 54520 3rd from left above, OLIVE 54521 [compare with the lighter version from 1974, below], WHITE CHANDELLE 54522, GOLD 54523, PINK CHANDELLE Orange 54524, MULTI-WHITE 54525)

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EXCELON SHATTERED STONE EMBOSSED 12 x 12 x 1/16" sold as BEIGE 51170, MULTI-WHITE 51171, GOLD 51172 above and WHITE EXCELON SHATTERED STONE EMBOSSED 51173

The vinyl asbestos floor tiles below are smooth-surfaced, not embossed:

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SMOOTH SURFACE PALATIAL 12" x 12" x 1/16" flooring sold in several colors: Nice Gold 51601 above left, Alba beige 51602, Cannes Beige 51603, Corsica Olive 51607

Smooth surface diriftstone Armstrong flooring 1973 (C) InspectApedia.com

SMOOTH SURFACE DRIFTSTONE 12" x 12" x 1/16" sold in AZTEC WHITE 51161 ONLY

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Smooth Surface Tidestone 12" x 12" x 1/16"

(Green 51756 above 3rd from left, Daytona Taupe 51760, Acapulco White 51762, Malibu Beige 51764) also see 1974 photos of this flooring.

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

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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.

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.

To identify a particular asphalt-asbestos or vinyl-asbestos floor tile pattern & color, start in the image group most likely to be the same age as your building.

If you don't find your floor tile or sheet flooring by looking forward from that that year, you should also look backwards in the earlier years as your specific flooring pattern & color may have first appeared in an earlier year. For other tile brands than Armstrong, see the brand name floor tile links included in this list.

Many of the colors and patterns of asphalt-asbestos or vinyl-asbestos floor tiles were manufactured over many years and may appear in more than one of the floor tile photo collections listed by date range here.

For each year we list the names of the tile patterns sold during that year, we include representative color images of the floor tiles, and throughout the entire floor tile pattern & color history series we include each floor tile color & pattern of the floor tile in the first year that it appeared , and we include representative colors and patterns in other years.

If you do not know the brand name of your flooring you can take a quick look at example photos of the product line of each manufacturer given at MORE READING below.

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Continue reading at 1973- ARMSTRONG ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE, COMPLETE GUIDE or select a topic from closely-related articles below, or see our complete INDEX to RELATED ARTICLES below.

Or see FLOOR TILE / SHEET FLOORING PHOTO GUIDES - list of photo guides

Or see ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE IDENTIFICATION COLOR KEY

Or see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD LEVEL ASSESSMENT

Or see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION

Or see ASBESTOS FLOORING REMOVAL GUIDE

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