The History of Strathmore Paper Company
The history of Strathmore began on March 17, 1892 when Horace Moses turned the first shovel of dirt for a new paper mill in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
Called the Mittineague Paper Company, the mill began producing writing papers, bookkeeping papers and cotton-fiber artist papers in December of 1892.
Take a look at these historical photos from the early 1900’s.
Why the Thistle
Soon after opening his first paper mill, Mr. Moses visited the Valley of Strathmore in Scotland.
The thistle was in full bloom and the beauty of the site impressed Horace Moses so much that he started using the name and the thistle as a symbol of high quality art and printing papers.
The Strathmore brand name began to appear on fine art papers in 1899. First with Charcoal and soon after with Bristol. The brand quickly became known as one of the highest quality art papers and is used by many leading artists around the world.
Strathmore continues to provide artists of all levels with the ideal surface for producing beautiful works of art.
In the 1960’s, the company ran a series of ads featuring college students explaining why they use the paper and pads.
This ad campaign was so memorable they still receive calls from artists or family members looking for copies of the ad or information about the individuals featured.
Team Made in the USA
Strathmore is proud of their quality initiatives that include a Made in the USA commitment. They strive whenever possible to manufacture products in the US.
In 2012 they celebrated their 120th anniversary which highlighted a proud heritage and the commitment to ensure the legacy of quality, performance and longevity.
Today the Strathmore® brand represents a complete line of artist quality papers for all media and every level of expertise.
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