Insect swatter, United Kingdom, 1900-1930

Made:
1900-1930 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Giant Killer, insect swatter, British made, 1900-1930

Insect swatters are used to kill flies and other insects. Flies are not only a nuisance, they can also spread germs that cause disease. Killing them has often been encouraged as a public health measure. Flies can spread disease in a number of ways, for example by picking up germs from rubbish, faeces, and dirt before contaminating uncovered food which is then eaten by humans.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
1987-39
Materials:
fabric and metal
type:
fly swatter
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • weapons and ammunition
  • weapon
credit:
Maidstone Hospitals Historical Society