1930s Linoleum Pattern Puzzle

The best way to learn about historic houses is to look at them closely, and the most fun way to look at them closely is to do a puzzle showing a wonderful historic house! So, we made a unique and interesting collection of Historic House Puzzles for you to enjoy!

1930s Linoleum Pattern Historic House Restoration Puzzle
1930s Linoleum Pattern

This design is from the 1938-39 Northallerton Cork Linoleum catalog. Collin Ingram photo.Founded in North Yorkshire, England in the 1860s to produce tarpaulins, a new factory was built to make linoleum flooring in 1890 and closed in 1944. Although largely displaced by vinyl flooring after WWII, linoleum is now enjoying a resurgence as an all-natural, biodegradable, and sustainable flooring option.

The October 1890 issue of “The Furniture Gazette” included a detailed description of the production process at Northallerton’s new linoleum factory. The seven-month-long process started with boiling resins and gums in linseed oil, then pouring the oil on cotton cloth repeatedly for several months, resulting in a stiff jelly which was then ground and boiled. The resulting liquid was cooled in tins and then mixed with fine cork flour. The resulting combination was applied to a strong canvas backing and passed between rollers. The linoleum was dried slowly at 100 degrees. A pattern was then printed on the linoleum using hand presses.

Linoleum is one of many historic floorcoverings included in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Click on the dashed box at the top-right in the puzzle box below to open the puzzle to full screen. In the top left, you can change the number of pieces (100 pieces is the default), toggle piece rotation, and change the background color. Then hit “OK” and have fun!

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