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Cape Cod Blueberry Paint

The strangely beautiful silver look to the shingles of an old Cape Cod house may sometimes be used as a measurement of its comparative age.

Paint was scarce in the early days of Cape Cod, but homesteaders ingeniously substituted blueberries and skimmed milk for blue paint. The color of this blueberry stain was a light “sky” blue, like a robin’s egg. Traces of it may still be found in the corner attics of old Cape Cod houses.

Cape Cod Blue is a popular paint color today especially for pools, but I doubt it is made with blueberries and milk. Need to get your Cape Cod house painted?

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 06/19/06
Categories: HistoryHouses
Keywords: architecture, cape cod house, history


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