Saturday, May 31, 2014
Yorkville Paint Party 1959
1959: Around 11 am on a lazy Saturday, Mom said, "time for a paint party," got on the phone, and an hour later, her mother and her two sisters, Joan & Barbara, showed up on 83rd Street with four gallons of Benjamin Moore, two six packs of Schaefer and three packs of Marlboro. They let me control the radio. By the time Dad pulled in from Loftus Tavern around 5, they had finished painting the bathroom, Rory's and my room, and made one extra beer run. Dad took this photo of Nan, made another beer run to Parker's Grocery came back and they finished the kitchen together. Nan, Joan & Barbara returned the next day after Mass and did the living room and my parents' bedroom. Closets too. Smell drove me crazy but our junior four apartment with two coats of new paint made all the adults smile.