Times change, and they change quickly. And with them conventions are lost, attitudes shift and things that once were deemed safe no longer are. Thanks for joining us today as we continue our running photoblog series “The Antiques Toad Show” based on a series of photographs we were lucky enough to take on a day we were given after-hours access to the Metchosin Pioneer Museum, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
My knowledge of agricultural practices, chemicals and history in general is pretty limited. But even with that being said sometimes you encounter something that literally jumps out at you as “out of the ordinary” or “hard to comprehend”. This post today highlights such a thing.
In case you are rubbing your eyes in wonder and amazement right now, let me come right through the front door and say “yep, that says PCB Spreader”! At first, I was rather astonished. A quick peek on the ol’ internet revealed a ton of articles that pertain to what I thought this was… only adding further mystery to the whole thing.
According to Wikipedia, PCB’s are a rather nasty chemical compound. From what I know of them, they were mostly used in refrigerants and assorted applications. They were banned in the 70’s from use… and for mighty good reason. Birth defects, illnesses, you name it, PCB’s were eventually found responsible and in turn were banned.
Now, as I said, I am far from an expert on this stuff. Perhaps this particular acronym stands for something entirely else like “Puppies, Cats and Bunnies”. Personally, I am skeptical. I can only find reference to polychlorinated biphenyls, which is definitely the less-than-friendly substance I originally thought of.
Before my Dad passed away, I found myself repeatedly at family functions that were uncomfortable to say the least. Today I wish I had one of these items… had I shown up to Christmas dinner with this in tow, I might have been excused a bit earlier.
And here we have another one! I am not sure what this item was used for, what chemicals it turned into an aerosol to spread around one’s yard. But once again, my “Spidey-Sense” is going off on me here, and I suspect the worst.
I honestly am utterly fascinated by these sorts of things. What once was considered normal today is considered poisonous. I guess just like a bad relationship, time reveals the true nature of someone or something.
Can you think of anything that once was rather normal, but today would be considered deadly or dangerous? Please feel free to leave us any comments you might have, we really do love to hear from all our visitors.