Interiors on Paper: Antique Market Finds

Just a short post to share some interior photos I found recently at antique shops. The first two appear to depict a Spanish-Colonial interior and while unlabled are likely of a historic property, quite possibly one still existing. Notice how the room depicted is essentially a wide hallwayallowing for passage. The stairway shot depicts worn treads and candles hanging a little close to the wooden ceiling beam for comfort. While undated, I’m guessing these are from the late 1940s or 50s. The back is stamped so they can be used as postcards. 

The more interesting find was this circa 1910 house that would appear to be decorated as a showpeice if it wasn’t for small defects that should have been noticed. One of which is a cord hanging under the table. I don’t know for sure, but this home was likely relatively new when the photo was taken. Its occupants have so far resisted the urge to hang paintings in front of the wallpaper. The furniture is the same age as the house and appears new, or at least in good condition. I see this type of table around quite often, but the accompanying chairs with paw feet are harder to come by. Usually when you see these sets in malls they are placed with later oak chairs. The plates on the ledge seem to be transferware and Fitzhugh from China. There is a Chicago photographer’s mark in a corner, but otherwise there’s nothing to identify the locale.

How many of us photograph our homes today? How many print those photos. My guess is the information contained here could be a goldmine of insight compared to what people 100 years in the future have to work with.

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