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Object Timeline

1920

  • Work on this object ended.

1973

  • We acquired this object.

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Sidewall (possibly USA), 1900–1920

This is a Sidewall. It is dated 1900–1920 and we acquired it in 1973. Its medium is machine printed with engraved rollers. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

This landscape paper would have been considered an ideal choice for children as early children’s papers were designed to be educational. The animals would be familiar to most children and rendered realistically so as not to cause confusion. The farm hands are all working diligently which would inspire a good work ethic. The scenes are fun and inviting and would allow parents to easily create stories to tell their children. And the wallpaper could be wiped clean.

This object was donated by Miss Aimee Lamb and Miss Rosamond Lamb. It is credited Gift of Aimée and Rosamond Lamb.

Its dimensions are

65 x 56.5 cm (25 9/16 x 22 1/4 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in selvedge: "Sanitary Wall Paper."

Cite this object as

Sidewall (possibly USA), 1900–1920; machine printed with engraved rollers; 65 x 56.5 cm (25 9/16 x 22 1/4 in.); Gift of Aimée and Rosamond Lamb; 1973-2-14

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Rooms with a View: Landscape & Wallpaper.

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