Occasionally, as we sort, process, and photograph newly acquired collections of vintage wallpaper, we’ll run across a pattern with a printing defect. We recently posted this pattern on Facebook after we found it among the hundreds of other beautiful wallpaper rolls from Tennessee:
Originally intended to have a sage background, you can see that the printing machine must have run out of green dye, leaving the plain tan paper in its stead. Even though this wallpaper cannot be hung on the wall, it does draw our attention to the printing process, an aspect of the wallpaper that often is forgotten or underappreciated with a well-printed paper.
So how was vintage wallpaper manufactured after all?