I don't know if you had wallpaper in your room when you were little, but I sure did. If I shut my eyes, I can still see it: bright lemon yellow with white ABCs and 123s all over. I spent so much time staring at it that it's a firm fixture of my earliest memories. On a side note, it also went really, really well with my grass green shag carpet. My parents had style.
I stumbled across these wallpaper designs recently, part of the Cooper Hewitt Museum
's collection. They are, in turn, beautiful and playful and totally brought me back.
1. Alice in Wonderland wallpaper by Piazza Prints, 1968
2. Little Boy Blue wallpaper by Thomas Strahan & Co., Manufactory, 1890-92
3. Popeye wallpaper by Joliet Wallpaper Mills, 1938-40
4. Cinderella wallpaper by Katzenbach and Warren, Inc., 1954
5. Lindbergh wallpaper by United Wallpapers, 1927
What was on your walls growing up?
(Images: Cooper Hewitt)