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1915

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2002

  • We acquired this object.

2019

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Sample Book, Alfred Peats Wallpaper, No. 5, 1915

This is a Sample book. It was made by Alfred Peats Company. It is dated 1915 and we acquired it in 2002. Its medium is machine-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

This 1915 sample book by the Alfred Peats Company is from the Decorators Wall Paper Co., the Vermont distributing agent for Peats. Peats was not the manufacturer of these wallpapers, but acted as the jobber or distributor. Many different manufacturers’ names can be found on the selvedges, including Imperial of Glens Falls, New York; Gledhill of New York City; and Becker, Smith & Page of Philadelphia.
Sample books are important part of the museum’s wallpaper collection because they contain the entire range of designs produced in a given year, including papers made to be hung together. Details such as prices and decorating advice are often offered.
Wallpaper designs were usually available for one year, unless a pattern proved to be an excellent seller. This book is one of four sample books from Peats from 1915 under consideration. It is unusual to find four sample books from the same company within the same year. Together, these books provide an effective illustration of how the industry worked at the time.

It is credited Gift of Disa and Doug Clarner.

Its dimensions are

35.5 x 23 x 3 cm (14 x 9 1/16 x 1 3/16 in. )

Cite this object as

Sample Book, Alfred Peats Wallpaper, No. 5, 1915; Made by Alfred Peats Company ; USA; machine-printed paper; 35.5 x 23 x 3 cm (14 x 9 1/16 x 1 3/16 in. ); Gift of Disa and Doug Clarner; 2002-10-4-1/177

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