The insecticide DDT was introduced in the 1940s, and originally thought to be safe for people and pets. It was marketed with happy cartoon characters and family-friendly products, but, as we eventually discovered, the poison was bad for people and animals, too.
These vintage insect killer ads from the fifties didn’t hold back, using phrases in their vintage marketing like drop dead, declare warfare and mow down insects. The Gulfspray can holding a gun was also a creative touch.
Long before automatic washing machines, people had to wash their clothes the old-fashioned way – using vintage washboards, tubs, hand scrubbing, and things called manglers. Here’s how they did it.
The way life is carried on now seems near discovery By Watson Davis, Director, Science Service Washington — One of the fundamental problems of living
Organic foods: Are they modern-day cure-all elixirs sold by modern-day hokum medicine men? Or are they a more wholesome alternative to the chemically-treated foods we customarily eat?
A dedicated and growing band of people — most of them young — has taken to cooking and serving no-nonsense natural foods.
A scientist announced Saturday that he had positively identified the chemical makeup of genes, the tiny cells that govern heredity, despite Russian claims that the gene is a “figment of the imagination.”