On St. Patrick’s Day in 1892, Horace Moses founded with Mittineague Paper Company in West Springfield Massachusetts. Soon after opening, Moses visited the Valley of Strathmore in Scotland, where the purple thistle was in full bloom. The Valley impressed Moses so much that he incorporated the symbol of the thistle, as well as the name Strathmore, as a mark of high quality into his finest papers. The actual name Strathmore began to appear in 1899 on Moses’ Charcoal and Bristol papers. Moses, already the owner of the Mittineague paper mill, aquired the Woronoco Paper Company in 1905. In 1911 both companies were consolidated under the name Strathmore Paper Company, and today artists can still depend on the name and the symbol of the thistle to supply the finest papers available.