Thursday, November 29, 2012

Asbestos White Christmas

Were you dreaming of a white Christmas? Thankfully, in this day and age it is safe. Although, during the 1940's and 1950's fake snow was made from asbestos.
Remember flocked Christmas trees?  This popular craze helped make white asbestos commonly available in homes across the country.

Frightening to know, not only were everyday people exposed to this dangerous element, but some of our most beloved movie stars were as well.
White asbestos chrysotile snow was used in some of our favorite movies.

In 1942, an iconic song was featured in the movie "Holiday Inn" starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
"White Christmas" became one of the most successful Christmas songs of all time. Unfortunately, it was filmed with fake snow.

Another famous movie used this dangerous fake snow. It was implemented during the poppy scene in the "Wizard of Oz" in 1939.
It must be noted that during these times the danger between asbestos and mesothelioma cancer had not been linked.

Rachel Davies Google+ November 30th, 2012

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Bunny Moreno said...

Wow-that is super interesting! I had no idea! The other day I saw "White Christmas" and asked my hubby if it was real snow...interesting to learn what it actually was. Great post xox

Rachel Davies @ Old Soul Retro said...

Thank You Bunny. I stumbled upon the information and had to share it. Appreciate your comment.

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