Both the government and corporate industry used promotional newsreel type films during the 1950s and 1960s to promote the application and widespread use of asbestos products. These films were instrumental to marketing asbestos and generating acceptance by the public.

Since the early 1900s, asbestos was known to cause illness and disease in workers who handled the material. Even second-hand contact with asbestos can result in a cancer known as mesothelioma. Due to foreknowledge of the danger and not telling their workers, many corporations have since gone bankrupt from paying out billions in court settlement claims against them.



  1. Shit looks like a soft plastic or silky web being spun out of a rock, but its actually millions of tiny carcinogenic quills that are cutting into your nice pink lung tissue with every breath you take.. Dark!

  2. This stuff's amazing. I can tell it'll be used to build everything in the future and we'll have a world where nothing burns except cigarettes.

    If anyone else is watching in 1950, send me a reply. I'd like to meet some new people.

  3. The reason they used asbestos was because it was flame retardant but really in your house is burning we will take care of it our mood is take care of property and life but just don't use asbestos we have enough things to deal with we don't want to be exposed to another chemical or material that can kill us plastic being one light fixtures and wall plaster.

  4. It's important to realize that corporations knew that asbestos was dangerous long before this ad was made….

    Late 1800’s: The first reports of lung disease in people working in asbestos factories.

    1918: A US government report reveals that American and Canadian life insurance companies don’t sell coverage to asbestos workers due to the assumption of health problems. The report notes that the Chief Inspector of England is aware of deaths and lung disease among asbestos plant workers.

    1924: First mass-circulated report of asbestos worker death. It appears in a British medical journal article and describes a 33-year old asbestos textile plant laborer.

  5. Wouldn't it be funny if the guy who was sanding the Asbestos Cement Sheet, poured the dust onto a small mirror, got his AMEX out, made a line, rolled a bank note and snort that shit. Mmmmm yummy.

  6. I heard they knew of incidents where asbestos caused illness, but it was either covered up or not given much attention. Either way they didn't know for sure that asbestos was the cause of the direct cause of the illnesses. It was until the eighties (I think) that they finally found out for sure, the harms of asbestos.

  7. You're wrong. If you're interested in finding out why I suggest reading 'Deceit and Denial', an exceptionally well researched book that lays bare the astounding extent of American corporate and political malfeasance with regard to industrial pollution in the 20th century. The authors' use of hitherto unseen primary source documents from corporate archives is a damning indictment of past corporate machinations and political complicity in regard to these issues.

  8. Cellphone microwaves don't penetrate the skin. Also the mechanism for asbestos isn't chemical or radiological. Apparently the reason it's carcinogenic, is that, it can break into small enough fibers to damage your chromosomes. You're more likely to get cancer from acrylamide (most cooked food has varying levels of it) than from cellphones.


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