Tonight I steamed a section of the pre-WWII wallpaper so that I could reveal more of the Paris scene century wallpaper. Instead, what happened was the 1st layer separated from a secret second layer! The second layer is very thin and similar to the century so I’m guessing that it is also very old. So far I’ve revealed a more country motif with houses, horses, and a blacksmith shop. (I’ll be visiting the county historian again this week!)
So many secrets behind (and on) these walls!
Last week I headed over to our local museum at The John Hay Center to research the history of our new-to-us 1886 building.
Since learning that the original owner of our building was James A. Kemp, founder of The Salem Leader, Jeremy Elliott also found an antique book with a J. A. Kemp stamp in it. Apparently, our bookstore site was originally a bookstore, stationary, and wallpaper store, as well as home to the newspaper!