Secret wallpaper?

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!

2nd Layer, Between Century and Pre-WWII

3rd Layer, Century Paris Scene
1st Layer, Pre-WWII
Reveal section of all 3 layers

Bookstore past to present

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!

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