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Object Timeline

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1948

  • Work on this object began.

1958

  • Work on this object ended.

1991

  • We acquired this object.

1995

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Sidewall (Canada), 1948–58

This is a Sidewall. It is dated 1948–58 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is machine printed on textured paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Large-scale vining tropical plants became a popular and dramatic wallpaper trend in the 1950s. The bold patterning of the monstera foliage printed against a stark white background reflects the mid-century homeowners interest in sun rooms and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle of warmer climates. These designs could be used on all four walls or to create a focal wall with a coordinating pattern on the remaining three.

This object was donated by Suzanne Lipschutz and catalogued by Rose Gottschalk and Molly Holst. It is credited Gift of Suzanne Lipschutz.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (b): 56 cm (22 1/16 in.) L x W (a): 167.6 × 56 cm (5 ft. 6 in. × 22 1/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed on left selvage: Match here, Made in Canada; printed in right selvedge: Park Avenue.

Cite this object as

Sidewall (Canada), 1948–58; machine printed on textured paper; H x W x D (b): 56 cm (22 1/16 in.) L x W (a): 167.6 × 56 cm (5 ft. 6 in. × 22 1/16 in.); Gift of Suzanne Lipschutz; 1991-89-204-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Kitsch to Corbusier: Wallpapers from the 1950s.

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