Posted on | October 24, 2008 | 4 Comments
One of the most welcome innovations in the mid-century suburban home was the use of larger “picture” windows or even huge walls of glass that welcomed in more light and, depending on the home’s location, the beauty of the outdoors.
That desire to bring the outdoors indoors soon spawned another creative idea: The wallpaper photo mural.
Although many of us might associate the concept of the photo mural with the 1970s or 80s this ad from the late 1950′s shows it had some very cool predecessors. These “Foto Murals of California” were described as “charming… dramatic… restful” and said to “transform entire walls into breathtaking outdoor scenes”. Available as a “sweeping 15 feet long by 6 feet high” they could be “bordered with drapes, frames, valances, or with complimentary wallpapers for larger walls”.
I love the top example with the drapes on either side, which really contributes to the an almost theatrical 3D effect. Notice too the “before and after” comparison.
The ad also mentions that these spectacular vistas could be ordered in black & white, (just like your favorite TV show?) and in “rich sepia”.
So would you hang a vintage photo mural?