Posted on October 29, 2017.
The Thomas Strahan Wallpaper Company founded in the late 1800s was located at Herd and Maple streets in Chelsea, Massachusetts. The factory printed wallpaper using print machines – the Waldren Presses, which were built around the 1930s. The company acquired an excellent reputation for designing and producing colonial wall coverings printed on paper using water-based colors that were sealed with an acrylic. Subsequently, the company switched to vinyl-coated paper for durability.
The Bailey Wallpaper Company in Cleveland, Ohio was a family-owned business that opened right after the Civil War, 1869, when wallpaper was becoming the rage. It became the second largest, in volume, wallpaper printing company in the country but closed down in the 1950s when wallpaper fell out of vogue.
These rollers are at least 60-70 years old, many of them dating back to the late 1800s. They are of old-growth maple or mahogany, rock hard and able to withstand repeated and rigorous runs on the printing press. The rollers are numbered to match the wallpaper patterns printed in the wallpaper sample books. They have lead printing patterns similar to how newspapers were printed back then with lead type.
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