Posted on | December 3, 2009 | 10 Comments
Yup, why these here examples illustrate some of the most common “themed” papers printed during the mid-century look back at our historic past: wallpapers with cowboy and western motifs.
Maybe it was a product of Cold War angst, (and the thought of building a bomb shelter in your backyard), I don’t know… but as designers and manufacturers in the 1950s looked toward the future and the conquest of space, they also seemed to cast an ambivalent eye back toward bygone eras.
The frontier life of the Old West was being played out all over again, not just in wallpaper, but in movies, magazines, books and television. Action-packed tales of gunslingers and desperadoes, cowpunchers and horse wranglers captured the imaginations of adults as well as children. Evocative wallpapers like these depicting some of the action adorned the walls of young boys’ bedrooms all over the country back then, and have even seen something of a resurgence in popularity during the last decade with those restoring old ranch-styled homes.
My special thanks to the always generous Mr. Scott Cazet for sharing some of these vintage wallpapers with us!