Schmitz-Horning Prints Decorate Family Heirloom

By Janet Dodrill

Cleveland-based wallpaper design and printing firm, Schmitz-Horning Co. (1905-1964) printed more than just color lithographic panoramic friezes (patent 1906) and advertising posters. They reproduced illustrations by reputable English illustrators and that sold in London, and possibly New York.

My great-grandfather co-founded the company, and grandfather ran it after him. Some of our relatives had a selection prints from Schmitz-Horning. Our cousin had some that depicted popular nursery rhymes that hung in her classroom that she taught in. Her father owned a small amount of stock in the company early on. He built a custom bar for their family room, and decorated it by mounting some of the printed lithographs. It is still in the family today, and shown below in a recent photograph.

custom bar family heirloom with schmitz-horning company prints

Custom-made bar by family member with applied Schmitz-Horning Co. printed English illustrations.

schmitz-horning company prints

English illustrations printed by Schmitz-Horning Co. mounted on wood face of bar (detail).

schmitz-horning company prints

English illustrations printed by Schmitz-Horning Co. mounted on wood face of bar (detail).

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