noun (plural chromos)North American
1 shortened form of chromolithograph.
- Trade card collecting became a popular pastime during the 1880s until chromos were replaced by color magazine advertisements in the 1890s.
- The chromo itself cost sixty dollars, and when surrounded with a plush or engraved frame, it fetched one hundred dollars or more, a figure comparable to that of a framed copy of a ‘Raphael’ Madonna painted on porcelain.
- Glossy chromo paper was too costly, so we used simpler paper that cost us much less.