By Janet Dodrill
On an eBay search for Schmitz-Horning Company items, I found this postcard portraying one of their bathroom wallpapers, a windmill pattern, from an early catalog (1909-1910).
Until this discovery, I was not aware of the postcard or the company’s attempts at the marketing of their wallpaper.
The postcard reads:
A practical bath room decoration, made in Delft blue. Two sections, each 20 inches wide and 60 inches high. Must be alternated to match. Sold by the section
The Schmitz-Horning Co.
It is postmarked Rochester, NY, 1909, with a one cent stamp. The eBay seller shipped it from Pennsylvania.
The Schmitz-Horning Company, a Cleveland-based wall covering manufacturer, was in business from 1905 to 1964. Co-founded by my great-grandfather, Hugo M. Schmitz, it was later run by my grandfather, Warren R. Schmitz.
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The Windmill, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper pattern no. 605, postcard, front, 1909.
The Windmill, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper pattern no. 605, postcard, back, 1909.
Schmitz-Horning Co. 1909-1910 catalog page, with wallpaper pattern The Windmill, no. 605.