Day Tripper Dispatches

The Paper House ~ Recycling in the 20’s

After a morning adventure in Bear’s Neck, Rockport, Massachusetts, a friend and I went on a quest to find DogTown, ” a deserted village taken over by evil crones and toothless witches” in the early-19th century nearby. After roaming around for a good hour, we gave up on our quest and decided next year, we’ll take the tour offered at the Visitor’s Center. Then it was on to The Paper House, a cottage built entirely of newspapers by Elis F. Stenman and his family in 1922.

The walls are made of 215 layers of newspaper. Most of the exterior layer type is completely readable, and if my friend and I had the time and inclination, we could have spent hours perusing classic headlines and snippets of articles. Needless to say, neither one of us has that kind of patience. A highlight was the writing desk made from accounts of Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight, and a radio cabinet plastered with news from Herbert Hoover’s presidential campaign.

— by Elizabeth Evans (a DayTripper Diva from

(See more photos on Gather blog)

Leave a Comment so far
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s