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    Posted 5 years ago

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    This is a rather rare and very much "oddball" antique (105 year-old!) silver gelatin occupational photograph depicting:

    "Geo. W. Lewis & Son of Westboro, Massachusetts", and his "Lice and Fly Destroyer" truck. Note how dapper old George appears in his 3-piece suit, bowler hat, and carrying what looks just like a doctor's bag!
    This photograph is in "fine" condition, and measures a large 10 x 8 inches. The label on the back is from the original framer (Howard Wesson Company, Inc. of Worchester), and bears the date: 6/5/12.
    The photo is still affixed to its original cardboard mount, and measures 12 x 10 inches in total.

    Thanks for looking!

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      GREAT image!

    2. thatsoretro23 thatsoretro23, 5 years ago
      It's great to see some of the old businesses that were around back in the day.
    3. Hyp-storian, 5 years ago
      Unfortunately however, flies and lice are still around too...!
      ; - )
    4. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Guess they didn't succeed in their job! (Just kidding).
    5. Hyp-storian, 5 years ago
      Thanks for all your comments folks!

      SpiritBear: I hike in the woods (Pine Barrens in NJ) 5 days a week all year round, usually with a buddy and sometimes with my wife, and in the summer we all carry one of those "bug zappers" that look like a small tennis racket because the deer flies are nasty and aggressive. Last summer, together we zapped a total of 1,148 of those little suckers (yes, we keep count...; - )
    6. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      I volunteer at an animal sanctuary for exotics (which is, basically, any non-typical pet). The flies in the summer eat the tips of the ears off the animals (and then go and swarm us, especially when we're working with meat for the animals). Nothing works to keep them at bay. Everything that is supposed to attract and kill just attracts (and kills) the moths. Most of the wolves won't let us put the creams on their ears, which is the only thing that helps them. We cannot spray them. We cannot spray for the flies/mosquitoes. It's been a problem we've not figured out over the last decade.
      And then maggots, from spring to the first snow. It's been in the 30s at night here, yet last week I was checking food and had to clean some out as it was wet (and moldy, which smelled so bad I almost vomited), and I dipped my hand in only to pull out a bunch of little newly hatched maggots.
    7. Hyp-storian, 5 years ago

      Then may I suggest that you also try those battery-operated electric fly rackets-
      they work GREAT, but you do need to use one hand to wave it around. My hiking buddy, wife and I used to be tormented EVERY summer by those creatures (end of May - the end of August/or even to the second week in September!), but now at least we can give them payback! They often "pop" (like the sound a cap gun makes) when they hit the racket, and even when they don't pop you smell them burning. We still get attacked, but now we kill more than a THOUSAND of them every summer!
      Those rackets "can" cost around $8, but we get them for WAY less- usually as little as $3 (at "Five Below", "Dollar General", etc.). Do yourself, and the animals,
      a BIG favor and try them out- you won't be sorry!

    8. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      They would terrify the animals, I'm afraid. But they might be interesting for camping.
    9. Hyp-storian, 5 years ago
      It's not really a "loud" pop, but more like a soft cap gun sound. It might scare the animals if you hit a fly right next to them though...
      Definitely a "must" for camping/hiking!

    10. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      I think we all need that handy guy and his "FLIT" truck!!

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