Re: Exterior painting - latex on lead paint removal
based on the age of the house, i really want to say asbestos siding. ive done a lot of work in a 2 neighborhoods which were built just after ww2, almost all of these houses originally had asbestos shingles on them, only one of 18 in one specific neighborhood had cedar on it as its original siding.
post some pictures of the siding so we can get a better idea
as for the lead, you definitely dont want to get into that yourself. i have several contacts in the states and they have all had to become licensed in dealing with lead. its a mandatory licensing program for all remodellers
fire up the saw and make some dust