1914 Johns-Manville Asbestos Roofing Advertisement

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

Monday, July 20, 1914:  Nothing of importance.


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. 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.

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

  3. 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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