“DDT is good for me-e-e!” a Dangerous Ad from 1947.

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What is DDT: DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is a pesticide once widely used to control insects in agriculture and insects that carry diseases such as malaria.
DDT is a white, crystalline solid with no odour or taste. Its use in the U.S. was banned in 1972 because of damage to wildlife, but is still used in some countries.
This ad for “Penn Salt Chemicals” from 1947 shows a range of dangerous applications for now-illegal DDT, from agricultural sprays to household pesticides.
Particularly disturbing is the image of a mother and infant, above the caption stating that DDT “helps make healthier, more comfortable homes.” Not quite.
While effective in eliminating dangerous mosquitoes that carry malaria, DDT also has a variety of hazardous effects:
Especially among young children, the chemical has been shown to damage the nervous, immune, endocrine, and neurological systems, not to mention its devastating influence on the natural environment.
The spread of DDT across mid-century America is mirrored today by the success of Monsanto (one of the companies that originally manufactured DDT) in placing its genetically modified products on store shelves before researchers have a full understanding of their larger ecological impacts.
via What Were We Thinking? The Top 10 Most Dangerous Ads | Collectors Weekly.

2 thoughts on ““DDT is good for me-e-e!” a Dangerous Ad from 1947.

  1. Hello Rod

    There is a great story told many years ago of residents who lived along the Torrens River Breakout Creek near Fulham and Lockleys relating to DDT Spraying .

    I was at a History event held at the Henley Town Hall and residents were asked if they had a story to tell .This bent over dear woman found her way to front of stage and she told of the low flying single engine aircraft flying low along the Torrens river with both wings spraying DDT to kill the mosquitoes and the residents were so thankful that they stood outside waving to the pilot thanking him for his wonderful gesture . The residents were covered in DTT but decided to leave it on their clothes and bodies to prevent any ‘mossies’ biting that same night .

    The dear sole was asked if it she knew that it was a dangerous chemical and did anyone become sick and she said “I’m not sure because i am the only one that’s still living ”

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