The history of paint is both a long and colorful one. In fact, the first cave paintings date back over 30,000 years. In prehistoric times, paint was made from materials that were readily available to the people. This is reflected in the earthy pigments that you can see on the cave walls. Today you can easily purchase paint of just about every color imaginable, but this was not always the case. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that paint was introduced as a recognized element of the American national economy. The first recorded paint mill in America was reportedly established in Boston in 1700. Later, in 1867 the very first ready mixed paints became available in the United States. Over time, the paint industry grew. Besides mechanizing and professionalizing the paint industry, the Industrial Revolution also created vast new markets for paints and coatings. We found this bulleted article by The American Coatings Association to be very helpful in outlining the history of paint from prehistoric times to today.

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