Vintage Wallpaper

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Groult, Andre (Manufacturer), c. 1925

 

In the midst of a round of broken-wrist induced procrastination, I stumbled across a treasure trove of vintage wallpaper.

It comes from Historic New England.

What I’ve learned:

  1. Most of the c. 1930-1960 era wallpaper is what you’d expect, especially if you’ve renovated a house that lived during the era: neutral backgrounds, pale color palettes, designs pulled from nature (flowers, leaves, trees) or classical architecture (columns, gardens, finials).

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    Imperial Wallcoverings (Manufacturer), c. 1945. Sprays of grass in cadmium red, grey and silver liquid mica loosely arranged on a beige ground.

  2. Roosters drop in on a semi-regular basis.

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    United Wallpapers, Inc. (Manufacturer) c. 1950.

  3. Geometrics often are described as a “diaper pattern” or “diapered,” which apparently refers to a triangle shape.”Diaper pattern” is a search term you can use in the archive.
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    Diapered pattern of tiny, stylized flowers c. 1960

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    Thomas Strahan, Inc. (Manufacturer), c. 1955. Scenic paper depicting a man in a military uniform alternating with a hat with plume surrounded by a wreath on diapered background.

And then there’s this sample of solid green wallpaper. Solid. Green. Wallpaper. It dates to the early 20th century. But it makes me wonder: wouldn’t paint have been easier?

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Plain green paper. Date: 1880-1950. Maker: unknown

 

File this under Archive Love.

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Date: 1950-1960, Maker: unknown. Love the creative use of the archivist’s foot to help hold open the roll of wallpaper in the photo.

 

 

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