University of Virginia Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Protecting Health with Fly Swatters

Public Health Campaigns Distribute Fly Swatters

Source: The fly swatter was loaned by Addeane Caelleigh, private collection, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Fly swatters were common tools in the battle against flies.  Local businesses and organizations often distributed free fly swatters in their communities.

This fly swatter was given away by Anderson Bread Company in the 1920s in Warren County, Ohio, and was distributed by a local Girl Scout troop.  The slogan “Keep the Well Baby Well” makes clear that this was part of a public health campaign to improve children’s health.


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