DDT Wallpaper

Trimz debuted their children's room DDT-impregnated wallpaper in 1946. It was available in two patterns: "Jack and Jill" or "Disney Favorites."

It was certified to be absolutely safe "because the DDT is fixed to the paper. It can't rub off!" But since you're not going to find any similar product sold nowadays, I'm guessing that it actually did rub off.

Popular Mechanics - May 1946

via Envisioning the American Dream
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 04, 2017
     Category: Insects and Spiders | 1940s

Would have made a nice mix with the formaldehyde in the plywood glue. It's all tested and safe, of course.
Posted by Virtual on 03/04/17 at 11:23 AM
I used to use DDT all the time when I was coding under CP/M (DDT = Dynamic Debugging Tool)
Posted by Phideaux on 03/04/17 at 01:17 PM
Phideaux, I think CP/M stole the name from TOPS-10.
Posted by ges on 03/05/17 at 01:21 AM
ITS, actually, on one of the predecessors of the PDP-20 on which TOPS-20 ran. Originally named in honour of an even earlier debugging tool on an even earlier machine, which was called FLIT.

Posted by Richard Bos on 03/10/17 at 08:16 AM
In defence of DDT, millions of children in developing countries are exposed to diseases carried by critters that DDT could kill, and 3000 children a day die from malaria in Africa alone. So it has issues yes, and it is still used in a few places worldwide, but I wonder if a compromise to allow more restricted use in targeted areas wouldn't help mortality rates.
Posted by atomicplaygirl on 03/13/17 at 10:03 PM
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