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skyking20 Inactive Member14 Jan 2012 11:10 a.m. PST

I noticed that in Dodge City and in other Westerns that I have watched that there are always windows that seem to have something on them that looks like wallpaper with a pattern. They are not curtains and getting glass made that way seems expensive.

So did they really do that or is that a Hollywood contrivance to hide a lack of detail?


Happy Little Trees Inactive Member14 Jan 2012 11:25 a.m. PST

I was always under the impression that wax paper was used when glass was too expensive, as it still allowed light to pass through. I suppose it could be printed with a pattern.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Jan 2012 11:42 a.m. PST

Some of the places did have a "wax/oil paper" that was a glass substitute when real glass was unavailable. It was highly flammable and deteriorated quickly due to exposure to heat, dust, and of course…sunlight…

Terrement Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2012 3:55 p.m. PST

Had to have glass in the windows so it could be broken out to allow shooting. One of my favorite moments in Evil Roy Slade is when the gang is cornered in their hideout by a posse led by Bing Bell (…is somebody at the door?) and one of Slade's henchmen closes an open window so that he can break out the glass to shoot.


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