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The Writing Could be Under Your Wallpaper

The Writing Could be Under Your Wallpaper


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Mary Jane Lancaster sent this photo that hangs at the top of her stairwell. Her father told her back in the day that her Grandpa would insist that wallpaper was signed each time it was put up in the hardest place to reach in hopes of preserving history

In the 19th century wallpaper is mass-produced and technology ceases to be a topic of interest. The number of materials used is steadily growing with the advance of technology. Wallpaper becomes widely accessible for everyone. In the Czech Republic the wallpaper boom started in the 70’s and 80’s. Wallpaper was made from a thin paper and pasted directly onto the concrete walls. Whoever tried to remove them won’t ever forget the endless and hopeless scratching.

In England the wallpaper was so popular that in 1712 the wallpaper tax was introduced, like on other luxury items and the import was banned. The clerks would start to mark each sheet with a protection tag before pasting, adding another one after applying directly at the customer’s homes. People tried to evade this regulation and save the money, so they had the wallpaper painted at their houses before pasting and they would also falsify the tags. The situation escalated so that in 1806 the protection mark counterfeit was punished by the death penalty!



J G VOYCE  (wallpaper hanger) MARCH 29 1917–“A GREAT FALL OF SNOW THAT NIGHT”–Photo from Mary Jane Lancaster —

Llew Lloyd--Before the war and for a short time after my Father was a foreman in the moulding shop at Findlay’s Foundry . During this time and the depression he also worked part time for Jack Voyce . The 1948 signature at 249 Lake East would have been written after he started his own business, L.W. Lloyd Painting and Decorating . He was still hanging paper for people in the early 80s- The Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

My father hung a lot of wallpaper in this town and the yardstick was one of the essential tools of the trade . Much like fabric , wallpaper came in rolls and there were so many yards in a roll . The estimate was done in yards. Once the job started the wallpaper was rolled out on the pasting board and the measuring and cutting of the individual strips was done with the yardstick . 



Picture of: J G Voyce painter and paper hanger of Carleton Place— Date is April 17/1916- grandfather of Joann Voyce- photo courtesy of Joann Voyce



The owners found  his autograph after they stripped down some layers of wallpaper at 249 Lake Ave East . There was also a signature  of  Mr. Voyce  from 1916 under 4 layers of wallpaper.




Jacob Bond was born February 18, 1837 and died May 1873 from accidental poisoning on Bridge Street. Irma Willoughby’s husband was related to the Bonds and she was working on the Bond Family tree and was able to fill in some of the blanks. She said the accidental poisoning was because of the glue in the wallpaper that was highly toxic in small-enclosed areas. It is unclear why Joseph died in July 1874.


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W.J. Muirhead’s Hardware store also sold wallpaper and paint on Bridge Street and Peter Dunlop was an employee and Ken Muirhead worked for his father before moving on to the RCMP

What do we know about Edith Knowlton from Carleton Place?-One wall of her store had happy face wallpaper–Looking for Memories of Edith Knowlton

The front half of the store was rented and occupied by a decorative painter and wall paperer Charles Whitcher. (see Pizza Pizza building) In 1901, the building was sold and rented to The McAllister Brothers Paint Company, who specialized in house painting. It evolved into theThompson Paint and Wallpaper shop, and the Thompsons who lived on Sarah Street were the parents of Dave Thompson who operated the first Imperial Oil  Service Station in town.–Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose


 - particular time period. Many wallpaper hangers...

Clipped from The News,  13 May 1977, Fri,  Page 14




Lancaster Family Genealogy




Mary Jane Lancaster said:  Kel’s Friend did the Lancaster genealogy from my Dad’s grandparents to us. We had a family reunion in July last year! The books are available for purchase.


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The door to my basement has my grandfather’s finger prints all over it.
Back in the day he was hired to make pine look like oak and mahogany.
My father had all of my grandpa’s combs for refinishing but they have been lost along the way when my father died 20 years ago. Dad was the postmaster in Almonte.

More about Lancaster Genealogy-Old Photos are Worth a Thousand Words– McDonald- Lancaster

Names Names Names of St. James Carleton Place Genealogy


This is J.G. Lancaster’s Grocery Store in 1947 – now the Eating Place in Carleton Place on Bridge Street.


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)


The Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

Is Facebook now a Replacement for Public Walls?

Investigating the Basement of the Carleton Place Canadian – If These Walls Could Talk

Old Photos are Worth a Thousand Words– McDonald- Lancaster

Did You Know Who was Cooking in Back of Lancaster’s Grocery Store? Dr. Howard I Presume! – Part 3

The Mystery Murals of The Queen’s and Mississippi Hotel

So Who Painted Those Wall Murals at our Carleton Place Hotels?