The Rediscovery of Milk-Based House Paints and the Myth of "Brickdust and Buttermilk" Paints

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

Date

1968

GUSN

GUSN-169772

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Description

Reports of paints in colonial America being made of brickdust and buttermilk solution are common but untrue. Where did this myth come from? It seems to derive from a common misunderstanding of terminology. This article looks at how this misunderstanding arose.

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Additional Identification Number

Article ID 153

Collection Code

SC001

Collection Name

Old-Time New England

Reference Code

SC001.1968.058.211.002

Abstract

Reports of paints in colonial America being made of brickdust and buttermilk solution are common but untrue. Where did this myth come from? It seems to derive from a common misunderstanding of terminology. This article looks at how this misunderstanding arose.

Date Notes

Volume 58, Number 211 (Winter, 1968)

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Record Details

Originator

Richard M. Candee (Author)

Publications Referencing This Collection

(1968). Old Time New England. Boston, Mass.: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.

Description Level

Item

Place of Publication

Boston, Mass.

Publisher

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities

Publisher Series

Old Time New England