“Vintage Pesticide Paraphernalia from the Glory Days of DDT” in WIRED

WIRED logo

June 30, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Excerpted from an article by Greg Miller 

The insecticide DDT is mostly thought of today as a bird-killing eco-nightmare. But it wasn’t always so. DDT was once a Nobel Prize-worthy miracle of modern chemistry.

And for decade or so in the mid-20th century, ordinary people used DDT—lots of it—in ways that seem extraordinary today. The images in this gallery will transport you back to a time when people sprayed DDT liberally on their clothes and doused their dogs and chickens with it. . . .

These artifacts here were collected by Phil Allegretti, a semi-retired exterminator, who donated them earlier this year to the museum of the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. Read More.

Need Meeting Space?

CHF’s state-of-the-art conference center is in Philadelphia’s beautiful historic district.


Distillations Podcast logo
Listen to the latest episodes of CHF’s award-winning podcast.