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Wallflowers: 1910

Wallflowers: 1910

Circa 1910. "Hall with floral wallpaper, probably in a clubhouse, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Trim pieces

Are those rather fancy corner trim pieces to keep the wallpaper from getting worn there? Nicer looking than the clear plastic you sometimes see in doctors' offices doing the same thing, I suppose.

I agree

with Rogue Architect. We have grown so accustomed to bland, realtor-safe-marketable monochromatic pastel walls that we no longer see the art and beauty of multi-dimensional, patterned alternatives.

Also, it's not like this is a living-space! It's just a hallway. Get over it.

Don't overlook the hallway runner

If you can tear your eyes away from that mesmerizing wallpaper, check out the rug in the hallway. That's a classic South Persian runner. Can't identify the particular locale yet, will have to consult my references.


Personally, I think this wallpaper is amazing - and in a positive way.
I much prefer it to the sterile monotone walls which typify many of
today's interiors.


It looks like the wallpaper in a particular type of "clubhouse."

Bleeding eyes!

Would have loved to see that wallpaper in color,Would have made my eyes bleed for sure!


When I scroll, the interaction of the flower pattern with the pixels on my screen makes the flowers appear to move. I believe I will navigate away from this post.


Oscar Wilde's house.


More likely in a nuthouse, not a clubhouse! Extraordinary. But it certainly is "floral." Really "floral"!

Oscar Wilde's last words

"Either this wallpaper goes, or I do."


I'm not sure I see any flowers on the wallpaper. Looks like an oak-leaf pattern to me. Including a few acorns. Where are the colorizing artists?

My bad.

A clubhouse

Makes a guy wonder what sort of club would favour that sort of wallpaper.

Oscar Wilde

The wallpaper stayed.

They beckoned me

Looks like my house when we moved in. The place was built about 1925. The oldest of seven layers of wallpaper was a green floral print -- flowers the size of basketballs. Made me feel like a bug in someone's garden.

The Yellow Wall-Paper

Now I know why the heroine of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story went nuts:

"It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw — not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things. But there is something else about that paper—the smell! … The only thing I can think of that it is like, is the color of the paper! A yellow smell."

Flower Power

Sort of makes me want to set up a sprinkler in the hallway.

Song Came To Mind

Counting flowers on the wall,
That don't bother me at all.
Playing Solitaire till dawn,
With a deck of fifty-one.
Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo.
Now, don't tell me I've nothing to do.

Magic eye

If you stare at the wallpaper long enough, you will see a 3D monster leaping at you!

Where's Waldo?

The first person to find him amid all these flowers wins!

Playin' solitaire 'til dawn, with a deck of 51

Smokin' cigarettes
And watchin' Captain Kangaroo
Now don't tell me
I've nothin' to do.


Seriously! I now have a visual migraine!

Do not adjust your set

The wallpaper you are looking at is in fact horrible. Guess the order of the day was "big and bold" back then.

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