Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Health Benefits of Paint

Considering the number of brick buildings in Hudson that have had their paint removed in recent years, it's interesting to discover that in 1889 it was suggested that painting brick houses could improve the health and increase the longevity of their inhabitants. This article making that assertion appeared in the Register-Star for October 9, 1889.

With 19th-century newspapers, it's not always immediately clear what's news and what's advertising. Advertisements for products often appear as little news items. For this reason, the article that immediately followed the one that claimed painted houses were healthiest raises questions about the article's unbiased veracity.


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