Protect your children! Creepy DDT-infused wallpaper circa 1947

by nobugsonme on January 25, 2010 · 3 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs and children, DDT, fun, history

This is a delightfully creepy find: Trimz DDT Children’s Room Wallpaper and Ceiling Paper.

Yes, Disney-themed DDT-impregnated wallpaper, advertised in Woman’s Day magazine back in 1947. Remember, it’s “Certified to be absolutely safe for home use.”

(Remember this next time you see such a statement being made!)

And no, I do not think this is a good idea.

Photo source: picture ID 1225290969 in the Gallery of Graphic Design. (You may also enjoy their Retro Press blog!)

This delightful tidbit was discovered via BoingBoing by way of New York vs. Bed Bugs.

1 cilecto January 25, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Great find! Creepy and intriguing at the same time. Cautionary reminder that not all new technology is as good for us as originally touted (consider the x-ray machines shoe shops supposedly carried). This must have done a number on the people who installed it for a living. That said, it’s a great reminder of the variety of possible solutions in the future. Imagine the appropriate “product” applied as a tape or roll-on (or perhaps from a felt-tip) instead of spray. Imagine a tool that a lay person or pro could use to precisely apply dusts while minimizing release into the air. Great find!

2 nobugsonme January 27, 2010 at 1:27 am

Thanks for your comment, cilecto.

You’re right — it is intriguing and the technology is not necessarily all bad.

X-ray machines in shoe shops? Fascinating! To determine whether one had some kind of bunions? Or?

3 Lori February 11, 2010 at 8:08 am

Think about it, maybe this wallpaper is still underneath all the paint in the old apartments that we’re renting? It is creepy to think about.

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