Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe)
WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT FANTASTIC WALLPAPER?
NOTE: The WordPress weekly photo prompt for March 13, 2015, is wall: This week, consider the walls you’ve erected and decorated, the halls you walk down each day, or the exteriors you’ve ignored or neglected. What do these walls reveal about a place, people, or you? Wallpaper has drifted in and out of popularity over the past century.
Until this decade, it was out for some years. Now wallpaper is hot…*
I’ve explored the web but cannot find that 1970s wallpaper. Even if wallpaper is hot, that 1970s wallpaper is nowhere to be located.
In fact, I began wondering if I imagined its existence. Except I have evidence it wasn’t an imagination.
After investing in the retirement home where we now live the former owner moved into another dwelling across the street, and she came over and helped me wallpaper. She noticed I had a plastic covering over the back wall in an attempt to ease cleaning.
“You don’t need to do that,” she said. “We had that wallpaper for the entire 35 years since we added the addition to the dwelling. And I never washed it once.”
We got this dwelling in 2000, and I have never washed the wallpaper since she told me I didn’t need to. And the wallpaper looks like it was pasted on, well, yesterday.
What she was telling me was that she got the wallpaper in the early 1970s, which verified me that it did exist.
What made this wallpaper so special?
Permanence. It was made to last. It lacked obsolescence. The only reason a person had to remove it was to redecorate. Otherwise, their great-grandchildren might enjoy it.
Apparently this wallpaper went on the market and off the market in a very short timeframe, at the time my mate Monte and I designed and created the second 4th home we lived in. Back in the early 1970s, at the time I was searching to wallpaper some rooms. I heard this wallpaper was being sold, and I searched the stores for it. I was not able to find it.
And I started imagining it existed.
Why was this item removed from the market so fast? I’ll take a stab at the answer.
We live in a world having two contradicting philosophies: living green and obtaining-new-goods to keep the economy going.
This wallpaper fit the being-green philosophy, but contradicted the obtaining-new-goods to keep the economy going philosophy. Obtaining-new-goods to keep the economy going overpowered the being-green.
Another example: we obtained a new refrigerator to replace one at least 35-40 years old. The plastic shelves are cracked already.
I asked the store clerk to tell me of its expected life span. Six years was his reply after he gave me a startled look.
That is the green life we are told is desirable, good for the earth. Economics wins the competition.
So I ask: What happened to that fantastic wallpaper? NOTE: The WordPress daily prompt for March 13, 2015, was Twenty-Five: There are 26 letters in the English language…Choose a letter and write a blog post without using it. (Feeling really brave? Make it a vowel!) I wrote this piece without using the letter U.