Walls & Ceilings is still going strong from its debut over 80 years ago, and is still considered “The Voice of the Industry” as our trademark proudly notes. From its first publication, under the name Northwest Plastering Industries in 1938, the magazine has always strived to be the resource for the wall and ceiling trade. Originally, the scope seemed exclusive to the plastering and the hawk and trowel trades, then the premiere and most viable wall system used in North America. (Remember, drywall was still in its infancy and used primarily in planes for the war efforts.) But as technology and building trends changed, the magazine morphed with it. Exterior and interior plastering still lives on but the game is much more extensive, with the upward growth of drywall, EIFS, exterior gypsum, metal framing and all that evolutionarily follows.
While there is no question about the subject matter that this magazine has pledged from day one, there does seem some question regarding its ownership and who has published the magazine. BNP Media has kept meticulous archives and records of how the evolution/ownership has changed. There has been some confusion in regards to how the name changed from Northwest Plastering Industries, then to just Plastering Industries and finally its current incarnation of Walls & Ceilings. But from our extensive archives that date from the first issue in 1938 to this present issue, the magazine has always maintained its independence from any association, agency or special interest. The magazine has always been an independent publication.