Posted 11-29-2004 at 10:10:46
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The post below about removing wallpaper brought back some old memories. There was a question about the method used in the 30s and that is what brought it to the fore.
Back in the 30s, the only wallpaper I can remember that was pasted, was onto cheese cloth and could be torn off with the cloth. The cheese cloth was tightly tacked to the wall,(generally board walls) and then the paper pasted directly onto the cloth.
Also remember lots of houses papered in heavy patterned builder's paper, and tacked on. No glue. You got ready to re-paper, you just ripped the paper off, and pulled the tacks out. My dad did cement work, and he saved the inner brown bags the cement was in, and when enough accumulated, that was our new wall paper.
Maybe the most interesting of all were the walls covered with newspaper. Maybe 10 years ago, I was tearing out an old closet and found that, up in top, under the drywall, boards were papered with old 30s newspapers. Needless to say, the job slowed considerably as I craned my neck reading the old news, and chuckling at the ads.
Let me add, when we were close to re-papering, our parents would let us draw on the walls (the brown paper cement bags) as much as we wanted to, as they would soon come down. We kids were all pretty good with a pencil and made for some interesting murals! Wish we'd saved some of them. Funny, the things a casual question will bring to mind.