Why are Barns Traditionally Painted Red?

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Paint, in some form, has existed since prehistoric times. Some of the earliest forms of paint came from mixing together dirt, ash, and organic materials with animal blood and oil. While the practice of painting the exterior of various structures has been around for some unclear amount of time since, not everyone was on board with this in relatively recent times. For instance, certain early American settlers declared the act of painting the outside of houses a sign of immodesty, wealth and vanity. Depending on how puritanical a community was, painting a house might have even landed a person in legal trouble.

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