An Illustrated History of Bradbury & Bradbury Part 1

Posted on | October 27, 2008 | 4 Comments

As part of our big 30th anniversary celebration here at Bradbury & Bradbury we would like to go back in time and give you, our readers, some of the history related to the founding of this little company.

For me, a person who has been part of the company since 1982, the founding of Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers is more than the story of how one man started a small company. Rather it is a terrific story about the rewards of stubborn perseverance. And with the current economic storm capsizing many companies and with all the job losses in the wake of it, I think this may be a good time to share this positive story.

It is the account of a young man with the dream, not of wealth or glory, but of sharing something of beauty with the world.

Bruce Bradbury was born in northern Maine in 1947. By the young age of thirteen Bruce’s artistic interests were starting to emerge. While attending an art class in school he was “magnetically drawn” to an illustration in a textbook, a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Intrigued with its style and dream-like quality he did some research and soon discovered that Rossetti had been a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a 19th-century reformist group of artists, painters and critics. He then learned more about that group and their ideals. Already being fascinated with medieval art, Bruce quickly appreciated the Pre-Raphaelites’ own romanticized attachment to the middle ages and it’s radiant use of color.

After learning about this circle of Victorian artists and reformers Bruce began to feel an affinity¬†for them, like they were friends, though 100 years removed…


4 Responses to “An Illustrated History of Bradbury & Bradbury Part 1”

  1. LaurelO
    October 27th, 2008 @ 11:27 am

    Hi Steve! Really happy to read your blog!

    Just wanted to say we bought an 1860s Italianate house in the Finger Lakes a few months ago and are working toward opening a bed & breakfast.

    The Bradbury wallpaper was definitely one factor that prompted us to make an offer on the place. What continues to amaze us is the wallpaper was hung in the late 1970s and still looks perfect — a real testament to your products!

    In fact, we are planning to do two more rooms with Bradbury paper and I’ll be calling within the next couple of days with my order.

    Here are a couple photos (click to enlarge) of the papered rooms if you are interested:

  2. steve
    October 27th, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

    Thank you Laurel for the enthusiastic compliments! Thanks also for the photos! What a great house, lots of interesting details, and in spectacular condition from the look of it! What a fantastic place to open a bed & breakfast. Best wishes on it and let us know how it goes! Steve

  3. kennedy
    October 27th, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

    what ever happened to Bruce Bradbury? Is he still involved with art wallpaper?

  4. steve
    October 28th, 2008 @ 11:58 am

    I know many people would like to know the answers to those questions, and I will be writing a follow-up on Bruce at the end of this series, so please stay tuned!!


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