History as revealed by Wallpaper. Part 2.
Today I had a real thrill.
There are two radiators in the living room. It seemed like a good idea if they were temporarily removed so we could:
- Scrape off the old wallpaper behind them
- Repair the plaster as required.
- Repaint or re-wallpaper.
- Refinish the floors under.
And so it was done.
Behind the radiators was this fine mess:
Feeling deflated and quite vexed, I started removing the boring paper.
But wait! What is that?
Could it be?
Was it possible?
Is that piece of paper peeking out from under the post-war paper…older???????
Could THAT be the 1894 original paper???????
My heart did a dance.
Well, what a thrill! Of course, I am not exactly sure what I am seeing.
Am I looking at the original 1894 wallpaper?
Or paper from when the living room was re-papered in 1907?
The paper does not seem later.
Also, is there enough remaining to have it copied? Wouldn’t it be way cool to recreate it? I do love such endeavors.
Oh, I also found just a scrap of other paper:
Well, who would think that having radiators temporarily removed could be so exciting!
NOTE: Obviously, I have an odd sense of what is exciting.
The paper behind the radiators will remain in place, where it has likely been for 120-years. The radiators will be re-installed, and how many decades will pass before they are removed again, only to have somebody in, say, 2067 exclaim: “Wow! Do you think this paper is from 1894?”
I will also a attach a note to the wall about my little 2014 adventure.
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