Sunday, October 25, 2009

If there ever was a "Barn Red"...this was it.

Below is a quote about why barns are red....

  • Wealthy farmers added blood from a recent slaughter to the oil mixture. As the paint dried, it turned from a bright red to a darker, burnt red.
  • Farmers added ferrous oxide, otherwise known as rust, to the oil mixture. Rust was plentiful on farms and is a poison to many fungi, including mold and moss, which were known to grown on barns. These fungi would trap moisture in the wood, increasing decay.
Regardless of how the farmer tinted his paint, having a red barn became a fashionable thing. They were a sharp contrast to the traditional white farmhouse.

As European settlers crossed over to America, they brought with them the tradition of red barns. In the mid to late 1800s, as paints began to be produced with chemical pigments, red paint was the most inexpensive to buy. Red was the color of favor until whitewash became cheaper, at which point white barns began to spring up."

As we travel across this country and we notice things that have become "commonplace" to us...there is usually a reason for the strange color, the ad painted on a barn or a myriad of other oddities. These reasons usually stem from a practical need as the land was settled.

Have a great Sunday!



Sunny said...

Love it! Black horse, white fence against the red...perfect!
I read somewhere that barns were also painted red because they were easier to see in a blizzard; I don't know if there is any truth to that.
Enjoy your day.
Sunny :)

septembermom said...

Dan, that was very interesting! I learn so much from my visits here. Great red barn picture.

Rebecca said...

Oh that red is wonderful. And the did you convince him to pose too? Nice shot.

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny...that kind of dovetails with stories I have heard similar to the blizzard or snowstorm. I have heard that in the days before especially in the upper plains or northern areas used to physically connect their barns to their houses by some sort of a breezeway. In the event of a blizzard...they could litterally find the barn, then get back to the house at night.


Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Septembermom...I feel the same way..I am always appreciative when I go to a blog and learn something. I really have learned a lot from you all this past year.


Dan Felstead said... was a stuffed horse that I placed in the picture. The farmer wasn't too happy about it............