Laurel Stripes For Height
This embossed wallpaper sample has a laurel stripe pattern running vertically side by side with an 18th century medallion and wreath motif. The anitque ivory colored background is accented in pastel shades of pink and yellow. The background embossing resembles the texture of hand-tooled leather. There is a detailed product description printed on the reverse side of the sample.
This wallpaper sample is one component from a set of samples originally associated with Clyde Stanley and his store in Keota, Colorado. However, a closer look shows that .2 in the set was mailed to Robin Oram in New Raymer, Colorado. Robin was Auriel Oram Sandstead's nickname. Because the envelope (.2) was addressed to Robin Oram and because the four-cent stamp on the envelope was a Taft, the envelope dates between 1930 and 1946 (The four cent Taft postage stamp was first issued in 1930 and Auriel was married in 1946). The designs and patterns of the wallpaper date to circa 1945. It is possible Auriel ordered these for her new home after marriage and hung on to them for design ideas (it is possible these were kept later on at her home in Sterling, Colorado, where she lived with her husband Willard, and at her mother's home, which she later owned at Keota. A closer look at each sample shows that some were stapled, some have page numbers in the center, some at the left and some at the right indicating that this is not an original set. (Auriel saved these together as a mixed set.) As a result of looking at the items in this set, it is likely that some were from Stanley's store, and some were saved by Auriel, and later the pieces were stored and kept together in the box.
*Printed on back, black ink: "Laurel stripes for height / NAUTRAL SHADE GOES WITH ANY COLOR..'30 IN.' WIDE / FADEPROOF TRIM-EASY EDGE WASHABLE EMBOSSED EXTRA HEAVY PAPER"
*Printed back bottom left corner, black: "70 WARDS"