1914 Johns-Manville Asbestos Roofing Advertisement

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, July 20, 1914:  Nothing of importance.

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Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share a hundred-year-old ad that I found a bit unsettling. Today we hear so much about the problems with asbestos. I was surprised to see an ad for asbestos roofing in the March 15, 1914 issue of Kimball’s Dairy Farmer Magazine.

12 thoughts on “1914 Johns-Manville Asbestos Roofing Advertisement

  1. That’s before they knew of its dangers, just like the lead in old clocks and mercury in thermometers and fillings!
    Weird to see it in print though, right?
    Diana xo

  2. One of the prized items a young couple might receive as a wedding gift in the 1960s was an asbestos pad that could be used to protect a Formica counter top from a hot pan or skillet. Asbestos was used in shingles and the siding on houses. It’s a material with a variety of uses, but unfortunately, it is also deadly.

  3. This was made near where I grew up, in Manville, Somerset County, New Jersey – it caused many problems.

  4. we have a sign used by a prominent dry goods store in Sumpter that boasts of selling led based paint…… who knew back then? 🙂

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