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Chez Curtis: 1928

Chez Curtis: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Chez Curtis shop, Connecticut Avenue." With a chic little Christmas tree. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Wallpaper isn't paper

The "Gaudy wallpaper" which was quite stylish back then is not wallpaper at all. It is fabric that has been draped onto the walls, possibly to just "Stage the room" for a particular event. The style of the print is Art Nouveau, and being a French store, would certainly be appropriate in Chez Curtis.

If you could see this pattern in it's original colors, it may not look so "Gaudy".

I love gaudy!

I must be in the minority here, but I find this shop fascinating! LOVE all of the gaudy patterns and eclectic mix of antiques and kitsch! I wish I could have seen that Bibani sale & exhibit.. must have been a riot!

April 6, 1928

CC's first and last ad in the Washington Post:



Drop leaf table

The legs swing out to support the top.

End Table

That end table looks like something designed by M. C. Escher. What in the world is going on with all of those legs?


One can barely distinguish where the gaudy wallpaper ends and the gaudy draperies begin!


Don't try this at home. Furniture so close to fireplace and steam heaters and busy wallpaper matching your drapes.


The Little Shop of Decor Horrors.

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