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1905

  • Work on this object began.

1915

  • Work on this object ended.

1979

  • We acquired this object.

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Sidewall (USA), 1905–1915

This is a Sidewall. It was manufactured by Maxwell & Co., S.A.. It is dated 1905–1915 and we acquired it in 1979. Its medium is machine-printed paper, liquid mica. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Landscape views have been popular on wallpaper from the eighteenth century to the present. This wallpaper was part of a matched set of sidewall, border and ceiling paper which simplified the buying process for consumers, who then only had to select a color and style. This inexpensive paper given a little luster by printing some of elements, including the clouds, mountain tops and trellis pattern, with a mica pigment.

This object was donated by Victorian Collectibles. It is credited Gift of Victorian Collectibles.

Its dimensions are

93.5 x 49.5 cm (36 13/16 x 19 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in left selvedge: S.A. Maxwell & Co. New York & Chicago -1958.

Cite this object as

Sidewall (USA), 1905–1915; Manufactured by Maxwell & Co., S.A. (United States); machine-printed paper, liquid mica; 93.5 x 49.5 cm (36 13/16 x 19 1/2 in.); Gift of Victorian Collectibles; 1979-91-918

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