Would you like a little DDT with your food?

When my husband was a teenager growing up on  Philadelphia  he and his friends used to chase DDT trucks as they spewed their magic dust out from the back.

April 5, 2014

Would you like a little DDT with your food?

Jones Beach, New York, 1948. Model Kay Heffernon poses with a hot dog and coke as a cloud of DDT from a Todd Insecticidal Fog Applicator (TIFA) wafts around her, demonstrating that the bug spray won’t contaminate her food.

New Jersey Children play in a cloud of DDT

Some background info from the website of TIFA international. Evidently these photos, from Life magazine, were intended to convince residents of New York and New Jersey that being covered in DDT was nothing to worry about:

In 1947, the New York City Health Department decided to use the TIFA Fogging Machine for insect and disease control for the first time in its vector control history and put more than 12 TIFA Fogging Machines into service. The Todd Shipyard technical engineers also provided, at no charge, several very successful training programs for New York City’s local technicians. The usage of the TIFA Fogging machines has now been standardized in more than 2,000 communities throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and South America as they are considered the most effective tool available in vector control programs worldwide, because of their easy operation, low maintenance and minimum services along with an average life expectancy of at least 25 years and more.

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