Internet Guide to OA Insignia

Blue Book Color Key

This page quotes with permission the Blue Book, 3rd edition (p.21), with some minor editorial changes and additions.  More terms and abbreviations are defined on the Blue Book Notations Explained page.

Color is subjective and often difficult to characterize.  There are scientific color numbering systems in use in the publishing and textiles industries, but collectors tend to use more descriptive terms.  The following colors and their corresponding abbreviations were used in describing color for this catalog.

I have started adding links to images showing examples of these colors.  In order to keep things as simple as possible the border of the patch will be the color in question.  Please remember, the particular shade in each example is not necessarily the only shade to be called that color.  Color in patches is highly subjective.

In order for examples to be added as quickly as possible, if you know of a good example of a border color not already shown here, please write me so I may add the link.

GMY = gold mylar
SMY = silver mylar
BKM = black mylar
BMY = blue mylar
GRM = green mylar
OMY = orange mylar
PMY = pink mylar
RMY = red mylar

DRD = dark red
RED = red
LRD = light red
DPK = dark pink
LPK = light pink
MAR = maroon

DOR = dark orange
ORG = orange
LOR = light orange

Orange With Red
COP = copper
ROR = red orange
SAM = salmon
PCH = peach, light salmon

DYL = dark yellow, golden
YEL = yellow
LYL = light yellow, lemon
PYL = pale yellow
MAN = manilla, buff, cream

DBR = dark brown
BRN = brown, chocolate
LBR = light brown
RBR = red brown
GBR = gray brown
TAN = light olive brown, sand

DGR = dark green, explorer green
FGR = forest green
GRN = green
LGR = light green
PGR = pale green, mint

Green With Brown
KAK = khaki
DKH = dark khaki
LOL = light olive
OLV = olive
DOL = dark olive

Blue With Green
DTQ = dark turquoise
BTQ = bright turquoise
TRQ = turquoise
LTQ = light turquoise
PTQ = pale turquoise

NBL = navy blue, very dark
DBL = dark blue, royal
BLU = blue, cobalt
BBL = bright blue
LBL = light blue, sky blue
PBL = pale blue, powder blue

DPR = dark purple
PUR = purple
BPR = bright purple
LPR = light purple
MAR = maroon

Purple With Blue
DVI = dark violet
VIO = violet
LVI = light violet, lavender

Gray Scale
BLK = black
DGY = dark gray
GRY = gray
LGY = light gray
PGY = pale gray
WHT = white

RWB = red, white, & blue
M/C = multicolored
GID = phosphorescent (glow in the dark)

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The Internet Guide to Order of the Arrow Insignia is published and maintained by John Pannell, jpannell "at", © 1997 - 2014.  This site is the result of many thousands of hours' work by many generous persons.  The images here are free for others' non-profit use.  Use of these images for profit without express written permission is expressly and strictly forbidden.  Please note that eBay policy expressly forbids the use of another eBay user's images without permission.

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