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Crepe paper
10 in. (25.4 cm)
Floral accessories
ca. 1890-1930
Crepe paper rolled with crimped edges at one end which create a petal-like or bouquet effect.
Label Text:
From the 1890s-1930s crepe paper was an essential supply in the florist’s shop. They used crepe paper to cover their plant pots to create a more attractive display. Crepe paper came in many colors, chosen to compliment the plants or flowers or to celebrate the season. For a decorative effect, the paper could be curled, ruffled, crimped, and stretch to create scallops around the top of the pot. In the 1920’s new innovations for crepe papers were developed to adhere to the pots, withstand water, and print them with seasonal designs. By the 1960s crepe paper had largely disappeared from the market, replaced by foil and cellophane covers.
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Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection. Gift of Frances Jones Poetker.
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Usage conditions apply
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Horticultural Artifacts Collection
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Smithsonian Gardens