If you’re old enough to have grand kids I’m sure they’ve seen pictures of you in your teenage days and wondered how you could possibly dress the way you did. Personally I sported bell bottom pants and shirts with huge collars. Digging deep on a house with history will often give a glimpse at what previous generations liked in their home. Old furniture and other personal belongings disappear as families come and go but wallpaper, paint and flooring just build up layer upon layer, generation after generation. Finally the time comes to do a major update and we get to take a first hand look at the past. Here’s a few pictures that offer a little view of the past. Maybe you’ll chuckle, maybe you’ll remember grandma having something like it in her house. Enjoy!
Used to be that wallpaper was used in many rooms of the house. These day’s finding someone that can install wallpaper can be a real challenge. Borders were often used to dress up the transition from wall to ceiling much as we use crown molding today. Notice wallpaper was also used on the ceiling.
Here are three generations of linoleum flooring. In a time when earth tones are all the fashion it appears grandma liked more color.
In the background lath is visible on the wall. Before gypsum sheet rock was invented the little boards were nailed on every wall then covered with a layer of horse hair plaster. Yes, horse hair really was mixed with plaster as a binding agent. When a chunk of plaster is broken the hair can be seen sticking out of the plaster.