My vintage wallpaper collection from the 50s, 60s and 70s

I finally got around to scanning and then posting my vintage wallpaper collection on flickr. My love affair continues as strong as ever. I think that I now have about 125 rolls. I figure these are a better investment than the stock market. There is no way that I will stop proselytizing the importance of wallpaper to your retro renovation any time soon! And remember, if you are concerned about resale – you can always do “the basics” – like tile, flooring, cabinetry, countertops in a neutral, conservative, traditional style. Then, add your retro zing with with wallpaper and other accessories. If you use a liner paper underneath the vintage wallpaper, you can conceptually remove the vintage paper and reuse it (at least, this is what one expert once told me, it’s worth checking into). If your fixed basics are neutral…timeless… a new owner can work with them to create their own look..

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  1. karen says

    Pam, where did you find these? Yard sales? Ebay? They are wonderful! I started wallpapering in 1977 just prior to our first child’s birth and continued through the early 90’s. That’s 3 house worth. Then around 2000 I started pulling/scraping it off to go back to simple paint. Now I’m thinking of doing an accent wall with one of the atomic age papers from Bradbury, although a little pricey for me.

    • pam kueber says

      Karen, I found them mostly at an art supply store nearby, which in an earlier incarnation sold a lot of wallpaper. They were selling excess rolls one at a time for art projects… I saw the rolls, asked if they had more, took a trip to the basement, and the rest is history. I highly suggest this approach.

    • pam kueber says

      my personal collection, tania. not for sale… see my Wallpapers category for where to find vintage wallpaper

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