120 years


Strathmore Heritage

The symbol of the thistle may have taken on different appearances throughout our 120 years, but the quality of Strathmore® has remained second to none.

Paper is Part of the Picture

The use of the Strathmore brand on artist papers can be traced back to the late 1890’s. The first two paper grades that it appeared on were Charcoal and Drawing Board. By 1905 the Strathmore artist portfolio of professional grade papers included Detailed Drawing Paper along with Illustrating and Patent Office Board. The 1940’s and 1950’s saw rapid growth with the introduction of many Alexis (400 Series) papers and a line of blank greeting cards. By the mid 1970’s, three quality levels of Strathmore papers addressed the needs of student, recreational and professional artists. Today the Strathmore brand represents a complete line of artist quality papers for all media and every level of expertise.

Throughout the years, many leading artists such as Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth and today’s Susan Lyon have appeared in testimonial ads for Strathmore. They have associated their name with the Strathmore brand because it has provided them with the ideal surface for creating lasting works of art. 

Our Commitment to Quality

This 120th anniversary we celebrate the proud heritage of Strathmore, and our commitment to ensure that the legacy of quality, performance and longevity lives on.