Posted on | June 12, 2013 | No Comments
Here is something fun that we received from Kathy in Washington – perfect for you ‘old house sleuths’! Please give us your feedback! What are these??
Dear Bradbury Company,
I have an interesting piece of “old house archaeology” to share with you.
My husband and I have been restoring an 1879 Italianate home in Port Townsend, Washington. We have your paper in several rooms (amazing!) and, I believe, you have some documentation of our home’s original wallpapers. But this is about what lies beneath.
As we have worked on each room, we have documented the wallpaper(s) and kept samples prior to washing the walls and repairing/restoring the plaster. As I have stripped old paper, I have come across small oval decals or stickers. They are placed at eye height and consist of color depictions of Asian faces and, in one case, a rabbit wearing a top hat.
We would love to know if you have encountered or heard of anything like this before!
So what do think? Port Townsend had a large Chinese community in the 19th century, according to Kathleen. She also noted that the faces on the stickers all seem to be Asian.