The use of asbestos came into prominence as a building material during the latter half of the 19th century, and became a standard material for construction projects by the 1920s. Many building material manufacturers flocked to the substance as an effective product that could prevent fire damage and provide effective insulation.
Companies like the Johns-Manville Co. would sell everything from shingles and siding to insulation products made from the toxic asbestos fibers. The advertisement featured here from 1925 touted Johns-Manville’s shingles, which were one of the first asbestos products marketed to the wider consumer market.
The advertisement, which was geared toward builders and people who sell building supplies, boasted that a store owner in Mississippi saw an increase of $10,000 in sales when he began selling asbestos shingles in his shop. When adjusted for inflation, that $10,000 is he equivalent to more than $120,000 in today’s dollars.
By the end of the 1920s, asbestos had yet to reach its peak global usage. That would happen later in the 20th century before the substance’s usage finally began to drop off in the 1980s. This advertisement shows just how valuable the asbestos industry was for those who chose to sell products using the deadly substance. Asbestos was relatively inexpensive and effective at preventing fires, which was a very real danger back in that time period.
Ultimately, the costs associated with asbestos use can be measured in lives which have been claimed by the diseases that are caused by inhaling microscopic fibers of the substance. Mesothelioma and asbestosis are just two of the many deadly illnesses that have been linked to the fibers.
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