MAKING WALLPAPER IN THE '60S WAS MORE COMPLICATED THAN YOU THINK
Wallpaper in the 1960s was what pastel kitchens were in the 1950s — ubiquitous. And according to this archival footage of a wallpaper factory in England, new technology was a major reason why.
The video takes us behind the scenes of the "science fiction-ish procedure" used to craft these decidedly over-the-top — at least by today's standards — wall decor. As the narrator points out, some hand-blocking was still used during those "machine mad days," but modern inventions were heavily relied upon in order to crank out thousands of sheets a day.
The "whirling world of wallpaper" included machines that transferred color and pattern onto the paper, as well as machines that helped dry the sheets and separate them. There were even machines that helped create curtains that perfectly matched your wallpaper (aka the height of style during the '60s).