Print: Lithographic print
Dimensions: 24.4 x 33.5 in (62 x 85 cm)
Condition: Very good condition - a bit of transparent adhesive tape in the corners, small tears on the edges (a frame might cover most of the imperfections) and small signs of ageing on the paper - please see pictures.
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"The rat spreads diseases. Eradicate it!"
..so says this mid-century rat control campaign poster with a picture of a large infected and injured rat.
With the adoption of the so called "Rat Act of 1938" which required local authorities to combat rats the fighting was systematized. In 1940/41 a new alternative poison to control rats was approved - chopped and boiled onions added smoked herring and flour. The poison had to mixed in the right quantities and chopped in a specific and certain ratio before it had any effect. Then the poison was packed in portions and ready for use. Making the poison required quite a lot of working hours and was thus very costly so that method of making poison was abandoned again.
This poster is quite a thing to decorate your walls with and I am sure that every visitor in the future home of this poster will have an opinion about this magnificent piece of rat history.
Thanks for watching and please let me know if you have any questions.
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