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Old January 18, 2013, 09:51 AM   #10
noelf2
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(Officers' scarlet coats used a stronger, more expensive red dye.)
That dye was called carmine, and was extracted from a cactus sucking bug called the cochineal. Was also used as a food coloring up until about 20 years ago. I think my mother in law still has some cochineal. mmmm bugs...
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