If You Saw This Wallpaper, What Decade Would You Think It Is From

betsyhacApril 25, 2012
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yborgal

50's or 60's because of all the turquoise. Our appliances were turquoise back then.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 9:06PM
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lavender_lass

1940's, just because of all the red :)

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 9:18PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Why do you want to know?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 3:36AM
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graywings123

Late 60s or early 1970s?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 10:24AM
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azzalea

50's (possibly as far back as late 40's). 60's were more hippie-ish, not that homey, generally speaking. It wouldn't have been early 40's because during the war, there wasn't much building or rennovating or redecorating going on--people made do with what they had.

I grew up in the 50's, and that's the sort of wallpaper that would have been popular back then. It's cute--are you planning on keeping it? and decorating around it? Could be a really interesting retro look

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 2:30PM
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columbusguy1

I get the impression of '50s paper, mainly due to the style and the details between the pictures. Obviously kitchen paper, and it would be great in a mid-Century one, but not elsewhere.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 2:30PM
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brickeyee

Looks like post-war 1950s.

How old is the house?

Things like flooring and even door trim can give additional clues.

there is probably someone now making it for restoration purposes.

What is old is new.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 4:25PM
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worthy

1940s, me guesses from the reporting of our contemporarySheba of that long gone era.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 2:17PM
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pinch_me

Yes. 40's to 50's. I wanted to buy some like that until I saw the price. The original stuff was a hundred bucks a double. And it wouldn't be washable! Not in my price range. Here's one site where you can buy it. "My" paper isn't there. Whew!

Here is a link that might be useful: old kitchen wallpaper

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 8:03PM
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Laurie

I'm thinking late 40's to 50's. Color tones and stylistically.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 6:22PM
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cat_ky

The house we moved into in 1959, had just had new wallpaper put into the kitchen, and it was that exact same wallpaper, so I am pretty sure it is late 50's.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 8:09PM
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brickeyee

"I wanted to buy some like that until I saw the price. The original stuff was a hundred bucks a double. "

Original old things are almost always expensive to very expensive.

You are paying for the original cost, plus interest, plus inflation, plus storage for a lot of years.

In some circles (cars) it is OOEM.

Old Original Equipment Manufacture.

It can be required for an old car to preserve the collector value.
When you need original spark plug wires or belts for a 1950 collector car it gets VERY painful.
Especially if you know what it cost back in 1950.

There was a guy a few years ago getting around $10 a screw for parts for original parts for 1860 era US military rifles.

I needed on screw to fix an 1866 Springfield trapdoor rifle (the lock was dated even earlier, around 1863)

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 2:53PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

wanted to buy some like that until I saw the price. The original stuff was a hundred bucks a double. "

NOW it might be, but back then( as brickeye) has said, it was probably $5 or $6 a double, at most.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 4:55AM
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mike_kaiser_gw

Off topic but a while back a '55 Mercedes Benz 300SL sold at auction for $4.6 million. I read an article saying that parts for a brake job are still available through M-B's Classic Center. The parts alone will set you back about $14,000.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 9:49PM
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brickeyee

"The parts alone will set you back about $14,000."

Storage and long term capital recovery is a real PITA.

There are entire industries around buying up discontinued items and saving them for later sale.

It is possible to sometimes find a matching tile from 50 or 60 (or even longer) ago to make a repair.

A tile thaw cost pennies 60 years ago is VERY expensive now.

Or you can replace a whole wall or walls.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 9:41AM
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worthy

pinch me's link has the paper at US$95 per double roll, two rolls available.

I would think that such paper might be used more for highlighting and atmosphere, rather than doing complete rooms.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 6:03PM
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betsyhac

Thank you all for your opinions. I have actually purchased the paper from Rosie's Vintage for only a small area of accent coverage in my remodeled kitchen in a 1924 Sears Kit House Bungalow, even tho it was quite expensive. Rosie's thought it was late 30s or early 40s. I guess I'm going to have to say that I'm remodeling my kitchen in vintage style, tho not strictly 20s. I like that the paper does look vintage and, most importantly, that it's red and aqua, the colors I've chosen. I was interested in the impression it would give, so I appreciate everyone's comments.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 12:47PM
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