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What is this?

Scenic wallpaper designed for a bathroom. This mural is composed of three different panels making up one underwater scene. Section I, the first of three panels, contains two large fish with striped heads swimming. Two clams rest on the hilly bottom. Plant life is growing up both sides of the scene. The three panels work in sequence, with the right edge of Section III joining up the left edge of Section I. This one scene would then repeat around your bathroom. Printed in colors on an off-white ground.

Why is this in our collection?

The mural titled "Sea Beauties" is intended for use in a bathroom or washroom.  Composed of 3 sections or panels, they are quite charming and unusual.  They are lithograph printed so have a very smooth, almost watercolor-like appearance. 

This is a scenic wallpaper from Germany. It is dated 1920–40 and we acquired it in 2004. Gift of the family of Victor S. Robinson, Salem, New Jersey. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

lithograph-printed on paper

Its dimensions are

Overall: 167.6 x 106.7 cm (5 ft. 6 in. x 42 in.)

This object was manufactured by The P. Co. and distributed by Ideal Wall Decoration

This object was donated by Dottie Robinson

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