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April 27, 1980: Buffalo's Birge covers the world's walls

Birge made wallpaper for over a century, first on Buffalo’s West Side on Niagara Street, then in Cheektowaga for several years before closing in 1983.

With designers such as internationally renowned painter Charles Burchfield, Birge’s wall coverings were fashionable, tasteful and elegant, and in demand in the United States and in Europe.

As wallpaper began to fall out of favor, Birge could no longer compete. This look inside one of Buffalo’s longest running locally owned and managed companies came in Birge’s final years.

"Birge puts color in your life"

" 'Happy accidents' do much to make a designer's life a pleasure, according to Dorothy Drahms of Birge Wallcoverings.

"A wall covering designer, like a dress designer, often finds that a sudden inspiration can produce a 'best seller.' "

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