I have been truly monomaniacal re wallpaper lately, as I search to find the perfect pattern for the main ceilings in my Mahalo Lounge. Yes: Thank you, dear readers, for alerting me: The open weave jute is indeed stinky, so ix-nay on that, pooh. During my obsessive searching for a new or vintage wallpaper alternative, I saw that Hannah’s Treasures had lots of rolls — turns out, 7,000 rolls of vintage wallpaper from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s added this year — just loaded on to their website. Owner Marilyn gave me the back story, along with permission to share some of the delicious patterns. I’m gonna make this “Wallpaper Week” on the blog. Let’s start with a look at some of the 1940s and 1950s kitchen wallpapers — which are amazing.
I asked Marilyn how she acquired her wallpapers. She wrote:
I have purchased three large loads of wallpaper this year. In February I went to California and brought back nearly 4000 rolls of 1920’s-1940’s wallpaper. We just finished adding the rest of it to the website today [late August].
This year alone, our collection has grown by 7,000 rolls.
As with anything a person tries to collect, sometimes it requires patience to acquire it. We waited 20 years for the California load of wallpaper.
In contrast, this July we bought two loads of wallpaper in less than 10 days! One load was close to home here in Iowa and the other was a few hours away in Illinois.
As far as the back stories on these loads, the information is sometimes funny and sometimes unbelievable and miraculous, but we like to keep those little details close.
We still have at least 100 new patterns to add to our website, hopefully we can get all of them up on the website before October.
Wallpaper heaven. Marilyn, can I make a request? Can you add a “new” category/tag so’s we can keep up better with what’s newly added? Thanks for letting me share all these photos!
- 1940s and 1950s vintage kitchen wallpapers at Hannah’s Treasures.
- My key resources story: 7 places to buy vintage wallpaper, from 80 cents to $200+ a roll.