Posted on | October 18, 2010 | No Comments
Chris up in Portland, Oregon sent us these wonderful photos from a neighbor’s house. While in the process of just removing some old layers of paper they were pleasantly surprised with the fascinating variety of patterns they found. The two most prominent being a c. 1950 Japanese-themed paper with pagodas, pines and lotus blossoms, (from an upper layer) and under that one, maybe from thirty years earlier, a floral vine motif on a trellis. They’re both very different, but both of them remind us of the passion many homeowners in the past shared for rich color and pattern.
Of course, all discoveries like these present an interesting snapshot of the people and the popular tastes of times past. And while they’re tastes may not always match ours at present, we often learn something valuable from these historical records. For example, old layers of wallpaper can often give you a clue to some of the other mysteries you may have uncovered when restoring your older house, such as when and why certain changes were ever made to the interior.
We at B&B love to see these kinds of “archeological” discoveries… and thanks to all of you who send them to us!