House Painted

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, August 12, 1911: What with rubbing against fresh paint, and watching the painters I managed to have something to do, but this won’t occupy me very much longer, as the house will soon be painted with its last coat.

Recent photos of the Muffly farm. Whew, the freshly painted house and barn must have looked awesome in 1911.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Ready-mixed paints became widely available in the late 1800s. The July 26 diary entry mentioned that the barn was being painted red—and now the house was being painted.

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