Bed Bug Murder

by nobugsonme on December 21, 2007 · 1 comment

in bed bug treatment


Someone was selling this old 1920s Valmor Bed Bug Murder “pesticide” label for $10 on Etsy. It was scooped up.

It says,

Bed bugs are terrible. They spread Disease and Discomfort to Human Beings. BED BUG MURDER is deadly effective. Active ingredients 100%

Whatever those ingredients were, they were likely not effective, if the ad is right that this is from the 1920s.

The “Disease” claim may be aimed at selling bottles, or may be based on genuine concerns of the period, such as those raised by Charles Campbell’s studies, now considered controversial.

via BoingBoing (with a tip from Windy City Mike).

1 hopelessnomo December 23, 2007 at 10:53 pm

Wonderful design. Who wouldn’t buy that, then or now?

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