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Originally a trademark of the Beaver Board Company (1905) for a pulp composite wallboard made from wood pulp and/or waste paper. Now the term beaverboard is generally used for a variety of rigid, laminated fiberboards. Beaverboards became a popular interior finish wallboard because they were available in many types of finishes, such as pebble-surfaced, and could be painted or decorated with stenciled designs instead of wallpaper.

Synonyms and Related Terms

beaver board; fiberboard; wallboard;

Additional Information

C. Gould, K. Konrad, K. Milley, R. Gallagher, "Fiberboard", in Twentieth-Century Building Materials, T. Jester (ed.), McGraw-Hill: New York, 1995.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Thomas C. Jester (ed.), Twentieth-Century Building Materials, McGraw-Hill Companies, Washington DC, 1995

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