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1902

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1971

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Sidewall, Bachelor's Wall Paper

This is a sidewall. It was created by Charles Dana Gibson and manufactured by M.H. Birge & Sons Co.. It is dated 1902 and we acquired it in 1971. Its medium is machine-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

“Bachelor’s Wall Paper” features the charming Gibson Girl, the fictional New Woman illustrated by Charles Dana Gibson beginning in the 1890s. The Gibson Girl was the idyllic American woman: full of grace and class, with just the right amount of confidence and charm. Gibson’s illustration first appeared in Life Magazine and the popularity of his drawings quickly led to the creation of this wallpaper.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Before Betty and Veronica, There Was the Gibson Girl.

This object was donated by Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is credited Gift of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • thermoplastic case, steel base, electronic components .
  • Anonymous lender.
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Its dimensions are

H x W (a): 62.5 x 56.5 cm (24 5/8 x 22 1/4 in.) H x W (b): 79 x 76.5 cm (31 1/8 x 30 1/8 in.)

It is inscribed

a) Printed in selvedge: MH BIRGE & SONS CO. USA 3234 / "COPYRIGHT 1902 BY LIFE PUBLISHING COMPANY." b) Printed in selvedge: "'Gibson Girls' The Birge Co. Inc. Exclusive Hand Prints". Written in graphite on verso: "Birge 1969".

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Bachelor's Wall Paper; Charles Dana Gibson (1867 – 1944); USA; machine-printed paper; H x W (a): 62.5 x 56.5 cm (24 5/8 x 22 1/4 in.) H x W (b): 79 x 76.5 cm (31 1/8 x 30 1/8 in.); Gift of Philadelphia Museum of Art; 1971-58-3-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Artist's Designed Wallpapers.

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