Shannon Murphy

Is it Playtime, Yet?


Wearing complimentary red and green costumes, this group of golden children appears wise beyond their years. They have dour expressions on their faces, and most are too wrapped up in their studies to even acknowledge the spectator. Wm. Campbell-Wall-Paper-Co manufactured “The Froebel” frieze in 1905. It was innovative wallpaper because it was antiseptic, treated to prevent bacteria and germs from absorbing into the paper. Its name came from another innovator, Friedrich Froebel (1782-1840), the inventor of kindergarten.
frieze, progressive education, kindergarten, Friedrich Froebel, Wm. Campbell-Wall-Paper-Co.

Before Betty and Veronica, There Was the Gibson Girl


One simply cannot ignore her sultry eyes, knowing smile and beauty. Bachelor’s Wall Paper features the charming Gibson Girl, the fictional New Woman illustrated by Charles Dana Gibson at the turn of the nineteenth century. The Gibson Girl was America’s first commercial female icon. She was the idyllic American woman: full of grace and class, with just the right amount of confidence and charm. Her stories appeared in magazine illustrations, and her image exploded on the commercial market.
Charles Dana Gibson, Gibson Girl, wallpaper, M.H. Birge and Sons Co., New Woman