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Posted on July 30, 2020 at 3:08 AM by Bill Sowers
The Chanute Daily Tribune headlined, SWAT THE FLY, SAYS THE MAYOR. Within the article Mayor Abbot said, “The hottest season of the year is upon us-the time of year when certain diseases are prevalent, when it is most difficult to be sanitary and law abiding, when ants, flies, worms and other insect life abounds, to harass us and scatter infection far and wide. The fly is an enemy of the human race and it is important to eradicate the disease-carrying fly, especially in a home. Don’t allow a single fly in your house, any more than you would a rattlesnake or a cat with the rabies. If by accident, one or more get in, swat them with a King fly killer.” (#3-The Chanute Daily Tribune, July 22, 1910)
The first wire mesh, fly killing device, was called the Fly Killer and patented on January 9, 1900 by Robert R. Montgomery, of Decatur, Illinois. It was later advertised as the “King Fly Killer” or the often used generic term, the fly bat. The Crumbine slogan, “Swat the Fly” quickly replaced the previous names of the fly killing devices and it became known as the fly swatter, a term that is commonly used today.
Tag(s): Samuel Crumbine, Public Health, Kansas State Board of Health, Health promotion, Flies, Disease prevention