The Strathmore Paper Company began in 1892 when its founder, Horace Moses, opened a paper mill in West Springfield, MA. Soon after opening the 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 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, they continue to provide artists of all levels with the ideal surface for producing beautiful works of art. Strathmore products are made in the USA. Ever wonder what the Strathmore Series Numbers mean? Watch the informative video below.