with the help of Mrs. Ford. Mr. Ford caused to be cut from the various rooms sections of the walls. These squares, carefully removed without breaking the plaster, were taken to the Dearborn labora tories, where layer after layer of wallpaper was peeled off. With painstaking care the paper orig inally applied to the wall was uncovered without marring the pattern, and was sent to a manufac turer for reproduction. In some cases, the patterns were found to be the same as those used more than a hundred years ago in New England homes, and already had been reproduced by manufacturers. In such instances Mr. Ford had the room done over with the repro duced paper. Clay's homestead," "A Cottage Dooryard in the Evening," and Colton's map of the United States drawn in 1848. With its Empire type furniture, spinning wheel and worn rag carpet, the room pre sents a homey atmosphere. The huge fireplace where logs burn cheerily, today, tells its own story of tired travelers who, in the old days, warmed their tingling fingers before its blaze and found rest and hospitality. Perhaps if the weary traveler of a hundred years ago was a prominent statesman, he was ushered into the sanctum sanctorumthe parlor. Nothing was too good for this room. No rag carpet would doso on the floor is a "bought" rug. Victorian in mode the room suggests no ruggedness of pioneer Throughout the Tavern, each wallpaper seems remarkably suited to the room and its contents. Large patterned and carried out in a blue-green relief against a slate gray backing, the wallpaper in the sitting room is a reprint of an old French paper of the Louis XV period. It is called "The Livingston" since it was first found on the walls of the old Livingston Manor house at Catskill, New York. The paper is an exact reproduction of the French design, having lost none of its original charm. Rococo details, together with the shep herdess and doves shown in the vista, present a favorite style of design. Against this charming backing are hung some prized engravings and pictures"Ashton, Henry WALLPAPER days. Even the wallpaper hints of more than a colonial atmosphere. There is something regal about its simplicity. Its charm is found largely in the color schemea deep ivory with a gold herring bone pattern in a fine stripe and a graceful design set at intervals. Today manufacturers have named this paper "The Puritan." It dates back to 1776 when it was printed in blocks and not in rolls as is the present method. These stamped gold papers were in vogue before the Revolutionary War and embodied classic details of the Adams period. The walls of the hallway are papered with a typical colonial covering and serve as an excellent backing for some very valuable old prints, maps page 183

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