The history of Strathmore Paper Company began on St. Patrick's Day in 1892 when its founder, Horace Moses, opened the Mittineague paper mill in West Springfield, MA. Soon after opening the first 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 our fine art papers in 1899, first with Charcoal and soon after with Bristol. The Strathmore brand quickly became known as one of the highest quality art papers used by many leading artists around the world. Strathmore has kept this reputation as a supplier of fine art paper for over a century. Today, we continue to provide artists of all levels with the ideal surface for producing beautiful works of art.
1892 - Mittineague Paper Company opened in West Springfield MA by Horace Moses.
1893 - Strathmore Drawing Board is first manufactured.
1894 - Horace Moses visits the Strathmore Valley in Scotland and begins using "Strathmore Quality" and the thistle symbol on his highest quality papers.
1899 - Charcoal Paper, Patent Office Board and Illustrating Board are added to the art line.
1905 - Horace Moses acquires the Woronoco Paper Company and runs it as a separate company.
1911 - Mittineague and Woronoco Paper Companies are consolidated and becomes the Strathmore Paper Company.
1929 - Student grade papers are introduced under the banner Alexis.
1950 - First pad is introduced as Alexis Drawing.
1952 - Blank Greeting Cards are introduced.
1962 - Strathmore is purchased by Hammermill Paper Company.
1972 - The first recycled sketch pad is introduced and called Shelburne Phase II Sketch.
1974 - The 300 Series is developed, Alexis becomes 400 Series and Artist 500 Series.
1986 - International Paper purchases Hammermill Paper
2004 - Mohawk Paper purchases Strathmore
2006 - Pacon Corporation purchases Strathmore Artist Papers™
The symbol of the thistle may have taken on a different appearance throughout the years, but the quality of Strathmore Artist Papers has remained second to none. The choice of papers is one of the most important decisions an artist makes in determining the outcome of their work. Whether your choice of medium is watercolor, charcoal, pastel, pencil or pen and ink you can be confident that Strathmore will enhance your artistic efforts!
For lasting works of art, Strathmore is the artist's choice.