Why Did These Strange 1950s Inventions Kill So Many People?| Hidden Killers | Absolute History

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Dr Suzannah Lipscomb looks at the hidden dangers of the British post-war home. In the 1950s, people embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The modern home featured moulded plywood furniture, fibreglass, plastics and polyester - materials and technologies that were developed during World War II.
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Grr Bear
Grr Bear Yıl önce
Pp op op 00pp
AquaeAtrae Yıl önce
Entertaining and informative... but why cover the news clippings with that diffused black spot? The narrations are fine, but I'd prefer to see the clippings unobstructed.
John Henry
John Henry 11 aylar önce
​@AquaeAtrae Excellent question!
Sakarias Karlsson
Sakarias Karlsson 11 aylar önce
Sakarias Karlsson
Sakarias Karlsson 11 aylar önce
@AquaeAtrae because in the 50s the newspapers were a bit more.. descriptive than they are today as one that has read some. And they want to stay family friendly and showing descriptive text about a 70% 1st degree burn injury and 3 witness reports also being very descriptive isnt very family friendly. Also they were very racist and seeing slurs in headlines was common (in the back of my head i play the mayhem that would happen if you put the n word in the headlines today, like i literally couldnt believe it.)
Spud Learns FPV
Spud Learns FPV 3 yıl önce
I now understand why my grandparents unplugged things at night and were generally afraid of technology
DW X 3 yıl önce
My great aunt unplugged the microwave after heating her coffee because she feared the "rays". Absolute fruitcake.
Jessie 3 yıl önce
I unplug things before bed, and I’m only in my 30s. There are still issues with fire when it comes to that stuff, though it has gotten significantly better since the 50s. How many years ago were people’s cells exploding while charging? Besides, your appliances can still use electricity while turned off but plugged in. Save money on that bill.
Wednesday Tear
Wednesday Tear 3 yıl önce
Glitched 3 yıl önce
@DW X microwaves are still pretty dangerous.
Beth Furry
Beth Furry Yıl önce
I grew up in the 50’s and had two older brothers and a lot of these toys and products. All my life I have been annoyed by my “over-protective” mother. She seemed to have a sense of the danger about many of the items portrayed here. I’m thinking now she probably saved us from injury or death. My mom had only a high school education, but she was one smart cookie.
ana Baird
ana Baird 7 aylar önce
High education/I.Q. level...very different than WISDOM. What a MASSIVE to have had such a mom! (Mine too🤗).
Gail Lofdahl
Gail Lofdahl 7 aylar önce
​@ana Baird I came across my father's HS report cards (graduated 1933) and can attest that he took subjects that today would be taught at a community (2-year) college. Back then, the vast majority of students ended their education at twelfth grade (or earlier). His older sisters left school in ninth grade to go to work to help support the family; only the later-born children finished high school.
conservatives ♥️ school shootings
conservatives ♥️ school shootings 6 aylar önce
@Gail Lofdahl Remember that the 1933 body of knowledge was still small and simpler to grasp, except for math, of course.
Gail Lofdahl
Gail Lofdahl 6 aylar önce
@conservatives ♥️ school shootings You'd think that, wouldn't you? But the classes he took were more advanced than those offered in high school today (how many high schools offer Latin?) As I recall (I don't have his report card in front of me), he also took philosophy and blacksmithing! Since most students' education ended at high school, I think classes covered what might be found in the first two years of college. It was actually more advanced, not simpler.
Charles Lewis Anthony
Charles Lewis Anthony 6 aylar önce
Now go apologize for giving her a hard time.💯
Kiernan Holland
Kiernan Holland 10 aylar önce
My father , who later became a laser/nuclear physicist said that when he was young he would pour molten lead into some molds he had to create toy soldiers . He also said that at the shoe stores, for fun they would use a xray device to permit children to see the bones in their feet to move. Another thing he had found out was during the war, radio technicians would put their hamburgers on the radar dish to expedite their cooking.
conservatives ♥️ school shootings
conservatives ♥️ school shootings 7 aylar önce
Lead is pretty harmless until you're eating it or inhaling it.
Gail Lofdahl
Gail Lofdahl 7 aylar önce
@conservatives ♥️ school shootings I'm surprised they didn't mention the "shoe x-ray machine" here. Maybe it wasn't prevalent in GB? I make leaded glass, so I use lead and lead solder a lot. The trick is to work with a small fan blowing across your workbench while you're soldering to blow the fumes away, and to scrub your hands thoroughly when you're done (especially before eating that sandwich!)
hydrolito 6 aylar önce
Used it for his microwave oven how many of those microwaves got him?
Mrs Blue Sky
Mrs Blue Sky 6 aylar önce
As kids in the 60s my brother got a chemistry set and we noticed the lack of instructions but “assumed” “hey, no problem. They wouldn’t sell something dangerous to kids would they?” Haha. Luckily since we had no idea what to do, beyond a couple things. and not being very scientific minded, we lost interest. Boy, those were the days.
Eggroll 5 aylar önce
I had a chem set in ‘74; I set myself up in a closet with a “LAB” sign on the door. I’m so lucky to not have asphyxiated or blown myself up in there☠️
Liquidgal 5 aylar önce
K B 5 aylar önce
@Eggroll yeah but look what you learned!
tarstarkusz 4 aylar önce
The alleged dangers of all this stuff is HIGHLY exaggerated.
Janice Fredericks
Janice Fredericks 4 aylar önce
I had a chemistry set also. No gas though in the late 50’s or early 60’s
aegisofhonor 6 aylar önce
another deadly household item was the drop down folding table. My step dad had an older brother that was killed sometime in the early 1950s when his family's kitchen drop down table's slide piece fall strait on his neck as he was crawling under the table and killed him instantly. Later they would implement safety measures that would prevent such accidents but it was too late for his brother who died of an otherwise highly preventable safety flaw.
Tracy Odrowski
Tracy Odrowski 6 aylar önce
That is so sad, horrible that happened! Im so sorry for your family's loss💔
Mal-2 KSC
Mal-2 KSC 6 aylar önce
It's as true of general life as of aviation, trains, or structural engineering: the regulations are written in blood.
Silverhaired59 5 aylar önce
My first father-in-law’s first marriage ended after their baby had a life-altering accident. There was a baby bouncy swing that had a long spring that was held up in a doorway by a large screw. The screw came loose as she bounced and it fell with force from her bouncing and struck her head hard. The girl suffered permanent brain damage and she was never able to live independently.
rt66vintage 5 aylar önce
@Silverhaired59 that's tragic 😥.
Lois Ruthstrom
Lois Ruthstrom 5 aylar önce
@Silverhaired59 It's a shame that so many babies have been severely injured or died before manufacturers made untested products like that safer. You'd think there would be stricter standards knowing that the lives of babies were at stake, but like everything else, there has to be suffering and loss of life before safety measures are taken.
Teresa Ellis
Teresa Ellis 4 yıl önce
Apparently the 1950's was an excellent time to commit murder. "Oh, it was faulty wiring", "I didn't know the ladder would fall on her", "He really enjoyed that chemistry set.", "He really should have opened a window while he worked with that new glue.", "She liked to fall asleep while watching the telly."
Christi Nash
Christi Nash 3 yıl önce
It was very easy to commit murder throughout the Industrial era. The cities, the technology...but lack of communication we have now (internet, DNA testing, etc.) ...made it extraordinarily easy. People commit a lot less murder now even with mass shootings.
rjs1jd 3 yıl önce
Im just giving everybody a 👍 LIKE!!! Just cus i feel great after my 2 cup of coffee cheers from CORPUS CHRISTI in South Texas !
Alice Shepherd
Alice Shepherd 3 yıl önce
It works even today
Jack A. Lope
Jack A. Lope 3 yıl önce
@Christi Nash Back before DNA testing became widely available there were a lot of innocent people getting life long prison sentences and even worse getting the chair. Usually guilty verdicts where reached on nothing more then witness testimony and false accusations. A lot of black men getting accused of rape.
Katie Moyer
Katie Moyer 11 aylar önce
I had one of those Kits in the 50’-early sixties. My dad Controlled the “kit”. No accidents, he was a chemist and maintained precautions and standards well beyond recommend by the kit. 💖Ty Dad. Unharmed, I grew up to get a few science degrees.
Mike Tobias
Mike Tobias 6 aylar önce
You had one hell of a good father. 👍👍
We Too Low
We Too Low 6 aylar önce
I was a child in the 70s in the United States. I truly wanted one of those chemistry sets. However, my dad wouldn’t budge. He would tell me I could kill my self or burn the house down. Now I see he was correct. This from a man who stopped going to school in the 4th grade in Mexico.
Corn Fed Life
Corn Fed Life 4 aylar önce
It's the degree that makes you smart. Just ask the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. 😁
James Hunt
James Hunt Yıl önce
“Science is never evil, except when wrongly used by man” so true
Christine's Better Knitting
Christine's Better Knitting 5 aylar önce
I point out that science is a tool, and it can be handled for good purposes and also for evil ones, depending on who is wielding it, just like a hammer.
Ferko K
Ferko K 3 aylar önce
Wuhan you have some explaining to do
Tim Dailey
Tim Dailey 3 aylar önce
Dr Fauxi
John McClain
John McClain 6 aylar önce
I grew up in the sixties and experienced all these things pretty much. I worked electronics for fifty years, am a professional machinist and welder, and mechanic all because I grew up with these toys and experiences. I had my mishaps but learned, studied, and still "do it myself" pretty much with all these things. I suspect the real problem was simply we were much better habituated to dangerous living in those days, in ways my own adult children never quite reached. Our father was a "handyman", and having served in the Navy, we were well aware of the hazards of living. I spent two decades in the Marines, and probably in part because I expected life to be dangerous. My grandfather worked for the local power plant, and was a watch and clock maker on the side, and as a young boy, he routinely took a power cord with alligator clips and held them in his hands, and gave me the opportunity to do the same when I was five or six. We were not shocked when someone died as a child, growing up. I have to believe the real problem was simply ignorance.
That was easy
That was easy 6 aylar önce
Nice comment, very similar to my life
Aaron Davis
Aaron Davis 6 aylar önce
I hear old people constantly bemoaning the fact that kids spend all their time playing video games, while ignoring the fact that their parents won't allow them to do anything interesting or fun, nor provide them with the opportunity. When I was young, there were wild places nearby for us to explore and be wild ourselves. Nowadays, kids live trapped in endless suburbia. The parks are fine for walking dogs and sports, but they are not wild places that can be explored. Kids have had so much that is exciting removed from their lives, and have then been blamed for having nothing to do but play video games.
Eric Rivera
Eric Rivera 5 aylar önce
Sounds like a boring job
Ace 4 aylar önce
@Aaron Davis Speaking as a younger teacher, yes I agree with you! I make it a point to take my students out on walks whenever I can, even if it's just to the small wooded area behind our school so they can explore a little. Sometimes we focus on trying to find different leaves, sometimes it's reptiles, and other days I just let them wander the very shallow creek bed. I was fortunate enough to spend a huge chunk of my childhood helping on my grandmother's farm and then spending my free time wandering the forest around her house, and I want to try to offer my students some of the same lessons I learnt during those days.
Denny J
Denny J 4 aylar önce
@Aaron Davis So us boomers found a way to get bicycles and ride out of suburbia to more interesting places! Didn't ever have to be home until dark. And parents didn't worry about it.
Donivan Potter
Donivan Potter 5 aylar önce
I can remember not having a bathroom in the house until we moved into a new home when I was about 10. Took baths in a wash pan real fun😟. I always hated having to go. I was scared as a kid using the outhouse. I remember crossing paths with a copperhead one time. The outhouse was quite a distance away from the home, it was scary at night time as a kid.
Cathy O
Cathy O 5 aylar önce
No chamber pot? Yikes! Scary.
rt66vintage 5 aylar önce
@Cathy O a chamber pot would be a necessity for older people.
Neutrality 5 aylar önce
I got my first indoor toilet in 1967! Many of my older family members still had privies back then.
Lonnie Anderson
Lonnie Anderson 5 aylar önce
My old boss had a outhouse in Kentucky that I used when on a trip down there.he said he shot a rattlesnake under the outhouse. It makes a person think twice before using one.😌
LpsPride 5 aylar önce
It must’ve been awful trying to go to the bathroom at night, especially in the winter.
Derek Suddreth
Derek Suddreth Yıl önce
I grew up in the Sixties in the US. Saturday morning television was packed with toy commercials. As a result, some shows were being created to market products to children. I had a chemistry set (packed full of poisonous and corrosive chemicals), Yard Jarts, a BB rifle and several pocket knives by age 10. Body counts from the Vietnam conflict were a regular evening report on the major TV networks, so we donned military equipment and played 'Army'. My treehouse was thirty feet in the air and became not only our 'headquarters' but a place to camp in the warm summer months. I am surprised that we all survived!
IslandGal 500
IslandGal 500 6 aylar önce
I'm surprised I survived too but born in the early 50s! Lived in a Canadian city and from ages 6-10, I walked to school by myself, got home an hour before my Mom from her job, got my breakfast and myself to school on time at age 7+, played unsupervised outside, went to a large park for hours after crossing a busy 4-lane street, played with a boy about 17 years old (unsupervised also) who was clearly developmentally challenged - had on a 'Have Gun Will Travel' cowboy hat from that TV show and had the capacity of a 7-year old. WOW for both of us! Had a Mom who was not completely up on hand-washing safety although the house was spotless. I survived a case of intestinal worms and some abdominal cramping (probably from some unsafe food issues) a few times. She used to leave food out on the counter for hours after it had cooled to make sure it was really cold enough for the fridge. I still remember my Dad pointing out the dirt stain around my bedroom light switch on the wall area, but no one thought to tell me to wash my hands when I came home, after using the bathroom, or even before eating! If you don't see your parents doing it, then we do not clue in to wash. Funny that I went into the medical health field, sterilized surgical instruments as part of my job along with assisting in surgeries, kept my fridge colder so milk could be 'felt' on its way down to the stomach, became a helicopter Mom, etc. etc. I must have had two Guardian Angels watching over me! With all of the true crime YT shows I watch now, I consider myself so lucky to have avoided being kidnapped or other harm.
David Regan
David Regan 6 aylar önce
Yeah I was born in 61, and remember playing army! I had a TOMMY gun with a helmet I got for Christmas. I still have the picture of me opening it up! We all had army men, and marbles! I miss those days. The 70's were better. I had a EVIL KENIVAL bike that was my favorite toy next to my G.I. Joe! LOL
Gordon Ramsay’s hat
Gordon Ramsay’s hat 6 aylar önce
My father was almost seriously injured when somebody shot a BB gun at him (not on purpose I don’t think) Your comment just made me think of this. Have a great day.
Christina Mcvaugh
Christina Mcvaugh 6 aylar önce
Yes, and you developed good common sense. I also had the pocket knives, real tree houses, played on the ice on lake Erie, rode my bike everywhere. We used to climb up and down the cliff in front of our lakeside home. Just developed skills, judgement and survived.👵
Jon Anderson
Jon Anderson 6 aylar önce
I grew up in the 80s and my self made log/stick cabin survived 5 years, the tree fort was less impressive. BB guns and pocket knives are just fine for boys that go on to play with guns and chainsaws. I'm more surprised that so many have survived the drug war.
maddie8415 2 aylar önce
It doesn't surprise me that those chemistry sets were the first item mentioned. I remember my dad showing me some boxes like that many years ago when he found them at my grandparent's house. He was saying how unbelievable it was that they were sold as a kind of "toy". Also, how wild it was that he was actually supplementing these sets by ordering even more hazardous substances from catalogs...obviously pretending to be an adult. The "experimenter today, scientist tomorrow" did hold true for him...but luck would have been on his side.
Hanna Fathi
Hanna Fathi 3 yıl önce
For anyone wondering about the black spot on the screen- it is an editing mistake in FCP. The intent is to zoom in on a piece of an image, and blow it up. The tool chosen requires you to then select the spot to lighten, which didn’t happen here. It’s definitely frustrating! I had this issue and was very annoyed. I can’t imagine being the editor and having to leave it in there.
William E
William E 3 yıl önce
I thought maybe it was to cover up personal names or something like that. Or maybe it was a silent killer thing. Lol. Thanks
Corrigan Davidson
Corrigan Davidson 3 yıl önce
Thank you for explaining that!
Markus Strangl
Markus Strangl 3 yıl önce
They do that in every video in all their channels, and they added this later to some videos that I've recently rewatched. I'm pretty sure it is not "an editing mistake" but rather deliberately done - I can only guess after a copyright claim by the newspaper whose clippings they used.
mel816 2 yıl önce
I was thinking they were supposed to scroll the (retyped) text from the newspaper across the dark spot in white (or light colored letters), but somehow got left out in the final edit.
CL CNJ 2 yıl önce
Thanks for the explanation I figured it was some form of error
SlowPCGaming 5 aylar önce
Interesting parallel between how things played out in England and here in the USA. When my mom was growing up in the height of the Great Depression she learned a strong distrust of mechanical, labor saving, and modern materials or new ways of doing things because of all the harm they were causing ordinary people. It was common to play things fast and loose when marketing & making things to sell to people. There was a time when you could place any part of your anatomy under an unregulated X-Ray machine to see the bones in your body as you moved that part of yourself under the scope. There was a time when people actively mined radioactive material thinking they were going to strike it rich as a medicinal supplier of it. All of that came to a dramatic halt when one person drank so many vials of this once "healthful" substance that his lower mandible fell off!
jayreiacira 3 aylar önce
Oh yes, that was an "elixer" called Radithor and it took about three years for the guy's body to begin falling to pieces. Can be seen in the second story in this video: trshow.info/watch/8MpR4k3-edc/video.html&ab_channel=MrBallen
Tonydabaloney 5 aylar önce
I got a set back in 1962. It didn't end well. I can still remember my mom screaming and us furiously running back and forth from bathroom and kitchen carrying water in anything we found to put out the fire. Fortunately, we got it out with damage limited to my desk and wall behind it. My model train on a shelf melted. I was lucky.
Jason Hutter
Jason Hutter 5 aylar önce
Ohhh...had my chemistry set in the 70's and conducted "experiments" on frogs. Imagine a bunch of dead frogs in front the house when the parents came home. Mom was horrified. Dad still laughs.
DE VANOV 4 aylar önce
@Jason Hutter Damn :D
Jason Hutter
Jason Hutter 4 aylar önce
@DE VANOV I feel really bad about the frogs now, trust me. Im an animal lover.
DE VANOV 4 aylar önce
@Jason Hutter I know the feeling. I washed my hamster when I was 10 years old and she died of hypothermia the next day. Didn't expect that. I thought you could wash and dry them and they'd be alright.
R. F. Pennington
R. F. Pennington 5 aylar önce
Just found this! I'm a post-war Boomer and I remember getting one of these chemistry sets. I could create blue flame, green, red, cause the cat and dog to run out of the room! Always remember my Mother telling me to 'take it into the garage'...where, of course, we stored gasoline, just in case. One day I opened up my Chem Set to find that something had mixed with something and I had the most terrible mess going on inside the metal box it all came in. Believe my folks were more than happy to toss it out! I did notice in the vid that if your boy was named Ian, it was a pretty bad idea to give him a Chemistry Set for Christmas, based on the newspaper clippings. Just an observation.
vil 4 aylar önce
Well I'm glad you were okay!
TheWlosser 4 aylar önce
Me two!
0ICU812 4 aylar önce
LMAO...says Ian's mom!!
Ivory 11 aylar önce
As sad and scary as it was, these incidents were the foundation for the laws and safety regulations we have today.
Tessa DiMarco
Tessa DiMarco 4 aylar önce
👍👍👍 Absolutely.
Rena Kunisaki
Rena Kunisaki 2 aylar önce
Safety laws are written in blood.
Lizzie Cottrell
Lizzie Cottrell 5 aylar önce
The DIY electrical work can still be a problem. I lived in Oklahoma and Arkansas for a year and a half and I saw so many burned down houses. When I asked a friend why (house fires, especially to the extent that the whole house completely burned down was a major rarity where I grew up), they said that there weren't laws saying an electrician had to check any diy electrical work or that an electrician had to do electrical work so it ends in more house fires.
Joyce Brewer
Joyce Brewer 5 aylar önce
My brother, while still in high school, installed electric wiring in his second floor bedroom and closet. Don't think that ever got checked for safety. We never had a problem with his wiring as long as our family lived in that house.
Lizzie Cottrell
Lizzie Cottrell 5 aylar önce
Joyce Brewer that's great, it isn't a guaranteed problem, but it can be. I also believe this is when someone who wasn't an electrician did the wiring on the whole house. Most states have laws saying that homes have to checked that they are up to code.
John h Palmer
John h Palmer 5 aylar önce
@Lizzie Cottrell This can happen whenever anyone does anything electrical to their house, even just replacing a bad socket or light switch if they do not know, nor did any research for anything electrical related. I bring this up as I've seen photos of sketchy wiring where it's nowhere close to code and it's a wonder it didn't burn the place down right away. This can be due to overloading a circuit for instance and the circuit breaker is over sized so does not trip (using a 15 amp circuit breaker when a 10amp is recommended, then the circuit overheats and starts a fire as the circuit breaker does not trip) kind of thing. I've read about, and seen one video of Steve Lavi having to get to a fuse panel, yes, a fuse panel and step over crap piled up in the room, only to find it was sketchy as hell due to pennies in place of fuses etc, totally unsafe and if I recall, he would not touch it as much of the house was in darkness as a result. The lady was elderly and a hoarder and lived alone. Another example, Matt that has a channel, the Fixer owns a house built in 1946 and over time before he bought the house, it had been chopped up in several places, and one was the basement stairs being moved and some of the floor framing was cut into, in spots pretty significantly. Other areas, additions were added and over time, the bathroom had a significant dip due to a support wall was moved, and it was all done by an amateur who didn't know what they were doing.
Am G
Am G 5 aylar önce
@Lizzie Cottrell - thank you for posting that. I moved to AR about 2 years ago and currently have a late 1890s house in contract for sale. I hired an inspector, who provided me a 90 page report. I saw some wacky electrical stuff that looked dangerous to my untrained eyes. The inspector called out the same thing and indicated that the electric had been done by a non licensed person. I will be re-doing the electric as one of the first things when I take possession of the place.
Daniel Webb
Daniel Webb 4 aylar önce
My grandpa built his own house in northern Arkansas which my dad owns now. My dad's evaluation when he went under the floor to check the wiring was "it's amazing this place hasn't burned down already". It's been there for 75 years now though, and we still stay there regularly.
TakohamoOlsen2 Yıl önce
My elderly neighbour was a young nurse in London during the pea-souper fog. She remembers joining hands with 5 other nurses in a long line with one of the doctors holding a lantern in front and them following him to the hospital. Back then, they still had their WW2 gas masks, so they were worn going to the hospital in the early morning. She also said the hospital standards for nurses were strict - white uniforms, white stockings, black shoes and starched nurses' caps. Everything had to be perfect and Matron would be there every morning to inspect them before work. Even now at 88, my neighbour has her clothes perfectly ironed and shoes cleaned and shined.
Nibor Nnyw
Nibor Nnyw 6 aylar önce
My mother was a nurse in the 70s. No lipstick, earrings, or bright fingernail polish. No bracelets, and only wedding ring. Absolutely no perfume.
Karen McCarrell
Karen McCarrell 6 aylar önce
How fascinating!! Thank you for sharing!!
Green Green
Green Green 6 aylar önce
@Nibor Nnyw I was recently a patient overnight in a hospital. One of the nurses came on shift and she had a lot of some type of scent on (it was not exactly perfume but didn't smell like commercial deodorant either?). It immediately made me nauseous in my post op state, so I understand that rule completely!
Kim Smith
Kim Smith 6 aylar önce
The modern feminist loves to make the claim that women were not allowed to have careers until the rise of feminism saved us all. For generations before feminism, women did work if they wanted to or had to. Nursing is one of the hardest professions and it has always been primarily female led positions. Previous to the rise of feminism there was a high code that nurses had to obey... in the way they dressed and their actions. Today... these standards are almost inexistent. Nurses have multiple piercings, their hands are often filled with rings and many wear hideous perfumes. Uniforms are often wrinkled because ironing is a thing from the past and shoes are often scuffed and dirty. Sneakers are the most common footwear and there is no longer a uniform dress-code in most hospitals. How can anyone believe that women have come a long way, as the commercials love to say. Decades ago women were all well dressed, neat and clean... regardless of income. Today most women look as if they only comb their hair once a week. It really is a shame.
Momma M.
Momma M. Yıl önce
Our community got TVs a little later than the big cities because we couldn’t get reception. In the early 50s, a family got a TV and most of the neighbors visited at some time or another to watch this new modern marvel. Because the antenna wasn’t properly grounded, during a thunderstorm lightning struck the antenna on the roof, passed through the electrical wiring, tore a big hole in the side of the house, and blew up the TV. I was probably 12 or 13 years old and we had been over watching the TV a few days earlier. No one was hurt but I remember seeing the damage. Many years later a tree on my brother’s property was struck by lightning, and because the roots of the tree had somehow invaded the septic system, the electrical charge went through the pipes and blew up his toilet. And when we were kids we used to play with liquid mercury, as I think most kids did.
Diana B
Diana B 6 aylar önce
My father grounded our antenna. But, he had built two houses by then.
farmerv 6 aylar önce
I’m a senior now and was always told to turn off and unplug the tv because it would blow up. I’m still weirded out watching tv during a storm.
Gail Lofdahl
Gail Lofdahl 4 aylar önce
Blew up his toilet--priceless!
Dulce R-L
Dulce R-L 6 aylar önce
Growing up in Spain, I had a chemistry set (in the late 60s-early 70s) but fortunately it didn’t come with those dangerous substances… The dangerous stuff was at my school’s Chemistry lab, and on more than one occasion we had to open windows and leave the lab in a hurry when someone mixed the wrong ingredients.
Patricia Long
Patricia Long 6 aylar önce
I can recall the high school being evacuated when somebody concocted something that made the entire school stink of rotten eggs!
David B
David B 6 aylar önce
The most dangerous thing in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's was that nobody wore seatbelts. Hundreds of thousands were killed in the UK and USA alone from being thrown in a crash, just as James Dean was in 1955. I had a one of those 1960's Sears chemistry sets and had no problem with it, ever. All it required was acting responsibly and following the experiment instructions. I don't think mine had any uranium. People are still dying every year from the CO. Some die in camping tents. One poor fellow veteran in his 20's survived the Iraq War only to die in a relatively new rental apartment from CO that was determined to come from a faulty modern-day water heater. So sad.
Charlotte Shenkenberger
Charlotte Shenkenberger Aylar önce
Watching this and remembering my parents are old enough that they probably played with this kinda stuff when they were kids kinda makes me wonder if this might have been the reason they encouraged me to play video games and play on the computer so much. Less chance of me lighting something or someone on fire.
Gracie MacA
Gracie MacA 6 aylar önce
There were definitely dangers in the post-war homes with their new inventions, toxic chemicals & work-related accidents. The children's chemistry sets were especially dangerous. This video is very informative & gives us insight on what our parents & grandparents lived with. We now live in a fast-growing age where technology rules. There are still many dangers in the modern home to be aware of. Just a few examples of this are: Many cars have to be recalled due to mechanical errors that have caused death. Some cellphones have been known to spontaneously ignite, some plastics when heated give off toxins, styrofoam cups & food trays, when heated or filled with hot drinks or hot food can give off cancer causing toxins. Even mico-plastics are ingested by many who drink from plastic water bottles. These are not bio-degradable materials, so they go on to pollute our land, air (toxins) as well as our oceans & sea life who ingest these plastics or get strangled by them. Cancer is at an all time high, no doubt from toxins (&/or radiation) in our products, food, water & air. Of course, some are pre-disposed to cancer. These are just handful of the thousands of dangers we need to be aware of in modern society. Technology has changed our daily lives in a major way. Who could be without it? This is not to say that everything is bad or dangerous, but new dangers do exist. This is the age we live in. Thank God that He has a purpose for the future of man to clean up the earth! But for the present time we have to take the good with the bad.
rt66vintage 5 aylar önce
I wish recycling was more enforced.
Castellanos 3 yıl önce
Imagine surviving the war, only to pass away from your own house.
DW X 3 yıl önce
Almost poetic. Your house as a big coffin.
Jim F
Jim F 3 yıl önce
That's worse than...a heart attack? Car accident? Diabetes? Not one breath is guaranteed.
Nesterou 3 yıl önce
*BOOM* a child.
Plutonius X
Plutonius X 3 yıl önce
This video is a giant hyperbole. The chance of anyone deing from asbestos in there house or a tiny bit of radiation from uranium in a chemistry set is virtually nil.
Austin Lucas
Austin Lucas 3 yıl önce
It was worse when the Pandemic of 1918 - 1919 showed up, right after World War I.
Lslice Yıl önce
My stepdad had a chemistry kit, he said the first time he deviated from the instructions and mixed two random chemicals together because a crazy big explosion of a fireball that scorched the roof, but anyways what I was asking going to say was that his chemistry set was supposed to be plugged into the gas line that the fireplace went to, so it would’ve been a smaller flow of gas than the main gas line of the stove!
No Name
No Name Yıl önce
Even the 80's had some questionable toys. You can occasionally stumble across these at donation places still in pristine condition.
Mark S
Mark S 3 aylar önce
The ones that come to mind is the lawn darts, the slip and slide, the pogo ball, and the slap bracelets that became razers when they got warn out.
Patricia Schuster
Patricia Schuster 3 aylar önce
I had a series of these kinds of kits in the early 60's as well. I learned how to make invisible ink....was afraid of the stuff, yet fascinated at the same time.
DreamingCatStudio 5 aylar önce
I had a chemistry set, and can still smell whatever the white powder was. No explosions though. My dad taught me-a girl-how to make a rubber band gun, and we mixed up goo to “bake” it in insect-shaped molds in a low heat oven. The stuff smelled bad! My dad also made lead soldiers and let us kids play with mercury with our bare hands.
Joyce Brewer
Joyce Brewer 5 aylar önce
When I broke a fever thermometer, I was allowed to play with the beads of liquid mercury. No long, but bare hands pushing the beads around.
Martin Major
Martin Major 5 aylar önce
We also played with Mercury with our hands. It was a more innocent time. When everything wasn't dangerous and forbidden.
Am G
Am G 5 aylar önce
As long as you washed your hands with Comet after playing with mercury, you should've been ok! 😆 My brother has lice in the late 60s and my mom put gasoline on his scalp, before washing him 😳 No wonder he turned out to be a jerk. 😁
Joyce Brewer
Joyce Brewer 5 aylar önce
@Am GI think I used Lava 🧼 to wash after mercury play. We had some for dad to use getting heavy machine grease off his hands before eating.
GmaOg 5 aylar önce
My friends dad gave us a huge bottle of mercury to -lat with. We would dump it on the floor and slap it to make little balls fly everywhere
Jamie Braswell
Jamie Braswell 6 aylar önce
Thanks for the interesting video. I cringe when I think about the injuries or deaths from some of these things. Sure, some of it was just people being irresponsible, but a lack of understanding about electricity or the flamability of plastics that led to terrible things is actually really sad. I wonder how many things that we are doing today will be looked back on fifty or more years later with the shock of..."how could they have done that?"
Raina 3 yıl önce
As an American I love the “unsurprisingly the American chemistry sets were even more spectacular” and it included uranium because of course it did
Khalid Aun خالد عون
Khalid Aun خالد عون 3 yıl önce
Same 🤣🤣
A guy here
A guy here 3 yıl önce
@Glade Swope It was the 50s. The 50s were all about atomics. Remember that this was before Chernobyl and 40+ years of anti nuclear propaganda, so it really was a different time.
A guy here
A guy here 3 yıl önce
@Glade Swope Well nuclear tech had just won WWII for America, so building an interest in it was viewed as a positive thing. Also, uranium itself doesn't give you a bomb. It's the refined, and insanely hard to make, isotopes that do that. Uranium is actually fairly common since you can pull it right out of sea water if you don't have any land deposits for instance.
Herr Godfrey
Herr Godfrey 3 yıl önce
Uranium is badass
Ew 3 yıl önce
Literally that part was so american it hurt
No Name
No Name Yıl önce
After watching this, it's amazing my grandmother even lived as long as she did. She was horrid in sanitation methods.
giancolabird 6 aylar önce
I remember my little iron that heated up just like moms. I would iron handkerchiefs, wash cloths, and doll clothes. I burned my arm with it and mom told me to either be more careful or don't plug it in. Logical, I suppose. Funny thing was the people I told the story to thought I was lying because no one would create a toy like that...uhhhh, yes they did!
Sandy Ahrens
Sandy Ahrens 5 aylar önce
Oh yes….yes they did. Remember klick-klacks? The two resin balls on strings? When they shattered…. one could lose their vision. They came out decades after the chemistry kit.
Gail Lofdahl
Gail Lofdahl 4 aylar önce
I wanted a "toy" iron, so my mom put me to work ironing all the percale sheets with the real one! Learned my lesson!
Dolores Amato
Dolores Amato 3 aylar önce
Yes, I had one of those irons/ and ironing boards. And yes I got a terrible shock when using it. Sparks flew, I ran.
Renata Cantore
Renata Cantore 4 aylar önce
Thank you for your Mindblowing presentation. I am horrified about the atrocities that people had to endure in their post war home especially because some of the innovations meant to make life easier Ended so many & so horrifically. The home that you featured looked like a slice of Heaven but turned out to be the 9th ring of Hell. The tragic stories made me cry. I have purposefully lived without several luxuries to save electricity, money & other resources. I will proudly continue to do so. I know that these stories were about the past but sometimes relying on technology too much can be detrimental. We must make careful choices.
alrighty ru
alrighty ru 3 aylar önce
My mom's story was leaving England in 1946 and emigrating to New Zealand Auckland where they at first lived on the beach. So by 1950s mom was running around barefoot surfing and sailing. Carefree of the toils of London left behind and their gadgets for better living. Her dad did make things by hand & we still have his art here today. I'm a '67 special and had to hear about all the dangers to household items, now I know where it's from!
Katherine Henry
Katherine Henry 5 aylar önce
I LOVED my late-ish1960's chemistry set! She was VERY careful about textiles. Most of our clothing was mom-made with natural fabrics. Our fireplace was surrounded by stone surrounded by a wool carpet. I remember Dad fussing about the expense and Mom's insistance because of the danger of fire. BTW, Yes, I visited grandparents with an outhouse. No snakes and much more practical than the single, small, wc in the home when all seven children and their children visited for holidays.
LTrain A
LTrain A 2 yıl önce
My husband was born in 1957 and had several hand-me-down chemistry sets from his dad or uncle. They all had vials of mercury and his favorite thing to do was empty them all out into a small bowl and play with it, rolling it around in his hands, pouring it over other toys, etc. I’m surprised he didn’t seriously poison himself! Whenever he says something dumb or does something crazy, I always say it must be the Mercury has gotten to his brain!
The Wonderful World of Awesomeness
The Wonderful World of Awesomeness 2 yıl önce
My mom talks about playing with balls of Mercury also
AnnWith APlan
AnnWith APlan 2 yıl önce
Loraine A - I was born that year, too. I remember when a thermometer broke and I let the little mercury balls roll around in my hand. I recently learned that something needs to be added to it in order for it to actually get into your skin.
Freedom Watches
Freedom Watches 2 yıl önce
Eating some mercury is fun too..🥴
Richard Bonfiglio
Richard Bonfiglio 2 yıl önce
@Freedom Watches Down at the morgue, they got characters who sneak around and harvest gold teeth and Silver Fillings from the dead. To get the silver separated from the amalgam they heat it up to melt the silver out. This vaporizes the Mercury and the fumes turn delicate lung tissue into tough rubber. I thought that was pretty interesting.
Jim Pie
Jim Pie 5 aylar önce
Great video! Never realized the problems in Europe after the war. I live in the Chicago area. Metal conduit is used and wiring inside of it and metal boxes. Romex is used in most states with plastic boxes. All homes in the USA can have metal conduit & metal boxes. All you have to do is ask the builder. It is an additional cost, but not that much? All commercial spaces usually require metal conduit and metal boxes. Romex costs more than insulated wiring. The thing that scares me about romex is the bundling of wiring in the attic (most homes on slabs). When the wiring heats up, it can melt the insulation and cause a fire. I have never seen this, but I considered it, in my dad’s home in North Carolina. He had a short circuit in the home on the line to the freezer in the garage. I wired a separate line to the unit in the garage to solve this problem. Later, by accident I found a nightlight bulb that was shorted and when changed, problems went away. Jim PS: Some of these problems were addressed by UL and ETL in the USA and CE in Europe. Food problems were solved by cooking to certain temperatures and proper refrigeration and handling.
ddwro1 4 aylar önce
my brother had a few different kinds of these throughout the years. he made rat poison for our farm and even homemade wine among lots of other things. because of these chemistry kits he became an inventer. our whole attic was his lab
ut000bs 4 aylar önce
Having both a 'dangereous' chemistry set and a microscope set with an unbelievably nice microscope in the mid-1960s I can attest to it hooking me on science. Today I have degrees in geophysics and computer science. The first thing I did with my chemistry set? Made tear gas that ran me, my friend, and my dog out of my room. 👍‍👍‍👍‍👍‍👍‍
Julieann Wozniak
Julieann Wozniak Yıl önce
Glorious fun! I survived the chemistry set, learning basic electronics by DIY. I remember my mom's brand new table lamp which belched fires and mmade a cool short circuit sound! That was in the 60s, before consumer protections. We heated with the same coal our dad's mined but if you were careless, it would detonate like a bomb. This happened. Not naming names.
Kristen Blount
Kristen Blount 2 yıl önce
When we were getting my late grandmother's house ready to sell, we were delighted to find hardwood floors under the carpet & I mean under ALL of the carpet. The entire house (except for the kitchen and bathrooms) had gorgeous hardwood floors. They had been protected for decades under all that carpet padding. It made the value of the house go way up. My mom wanted to gut the 50s kitchen too but I convinced her to leave it. I knew someone would love that mid-century modern look. The people that bought the house said they weren't going to change a thing.
Brittany Clark
Brittany Clark 2 yıl önce
I'm looking for a mid century modern house right now lol I love that style! But prefer upgraded bathrooms with neutral colors lol
Kristen Blount
Kristen Blount 2 yıl önce
@Brittany Clark One of the bathrooms had a pink tub, toilet & sink. That's about as far from neutral as you can get 😉
Chris Kennedy
Chris Kennedy 3 aylar önce
I like how she gets right into it. So much well presented information.
Wes Doobner
Wes Doobner 6 aylar önce
I had a chemistry set as a kid but when I was about 12 I found an industrial chemistry supply box at a garage sale and took it home. It included a lot of beakers, vials, chemicals, and a sealed vial of hydrogen cyanide, fortunately I knew enough not to mess with it in any way.
Jose Serrati
Jose Serrati 6 aylar önce
Amazing video, it really takes you back to the feeling of that era in the 50's, when it became fun and exciting to DIY, change your home environment and play with all this new gadgets. One can really understand the backdrop of the home killers phoenomena.
Noel T
Noel T Yıl önce
" It reminds me of the houses of my grandparents." Bless you, it reminds me of the house I grew up in. I even had that very chemistry set!
Britt 3 aylar önce
Growing up in the 90s and early 2000s I always wondered why adults were so concerned with appliances catching fire, I know it can still happen now but I never realized how prevalent it was back then.
Patrick Chubey
Patrick Chubey 2 yıl önce
Wages were rising faster than housing prices. Well, they sure as hell fixed that, didn't they.
Jane Washington
Jane Washington 2 yıl önce
And then they drove out the unions and CEO’s began making millions and billions and the stockholders did, too. So the profits went to a very, very few 1%’ers who could never get enough money and it just spiraled down. Then the Repubs enacted all sorts of tax reduction so the safety net collapsed and those top 1%’ers got even more wealth.
JS Phillips
JS Phillips 2 yıl önce
And how!
John Bockelie
John Bockelie 2 yıl önce
Chemistry set was probably recycled material that's why it's so cheap.
Agent Smidt
Agent Smidt 2 yıl önce
Problem solved.
Mary Gwin
Mary Gwin 11 aylar önce
Oh brings me excitement and joy when I think of my toy stove! The eyes on top would boil water and the oven baked a tiny cake. I always wondered why my grandma wouldn't let me play with it without her presence. Her and grandpa have it to me for Christmas. My other grandpa have me an extensive group of pots and pans that fit the stove/. Oven.
E Mack
E Mack 4 aylar önce
Being an avid science buff as a kid in the 1960's, I asked for, and got, one of those chemistry sets. The results of one of my "experiments" - a sulfuric explosion - is now hidden by several coats of paint in the dining room of our old family home. I still don't know what I did wrong!
Jimmy Hues
Jimmy Hues 3 aylar önce
Back before I was born, my Grandpa Hurd made a number of serious efforts in being an inventor. He invented a kitchen sink re-heater that would heat up the dish water again after it cooled off. He got financial backing and spent considerable money to get his heater on the market, of what he did succeed, but tragically and most unfortunately, there was a housewife got electrocuted from faulty insulation and the lawsuit drove Grandpa into destitution, for the rest of his life, and he never did fully recover. He also suffered a shrink-type enormous guilt trip.
whatever 3 aylar önce
This is a great idea for a show. Kudos to who ever thought of it. Good job
incognito 5 aylar önce
The first ac operated radios usually contained only 3 or 4 tubes. Since their filament voltages totaled less than 120 volts the ac cord contained a resistance to absorb the extra voltage. Consequently the ac cord became hot and earned the name "curtain burner". In addition the ac cord was wrapped in asbestos.
Amy Ashley
Amy Ashley 3 yıl önce
“I’m going upstairs to the first hidden killer, the child’s bedroom” Oh so the kid did it
jlind52 3 yıl önce
Yup - but was it with the knife in the conservatory or with the wrench in the library? That we still don't know!
MrButternutsprinkles 3 yıl önce
Sounds more like the bedroom did it.
K L 3 yıl önce
@jlind52 no it was with the chemistry set in the living room
George Lowe
George Lowe Yıl önce
And notice how I am climbing these stairs in high heels 👠,
coffeegirl18 6 aylar önce
I had a chemistry kit but mom and I always did the experiments together plus there were warnings on everything. The instructions were super specific and said to only do the ones in the book.
Ria Rivera
Ria Rivera 5 aylar önce
Seeing things like this is always interesting as an American there's so many homes here that feel trapped in the WW1 WW2 era architecture because the war was so focused on places like Britain and france that the need for rebuilding made slot of our architecture obsolete. Although we still used some of the same materials like asbestos making demolishing these buildings an undertaking
Jiang Han
Jiang Han 2 aylar önce
For every safety standards we have today, there's a tragic story behind it
Vidalion 4 aylar önce
Carbon monoxide symptoms can mimic flu-cold symptoms, but also have a wide variety of other effects, like hallucinations or memory loss. Several reports of “hauntings” were found to be CO poisoning, with cases of people seeing “ghosts” or finding things moved in their house, with one case finally found when the person posted online that they kept finding sticky notes posted around the house in their own handwriting but that they had no memory of writing and someone recommended a CO monitor (supposedly).
brent hoerner
brent hoerner 6 aylar önce
This is very informative. Did anyone remember the refrigerators with latches to close the door? I remember stories about children dying in abandoned refrigerators while playing hide and seek.
3 AM
3 AM 5 aylar önce
We had one until the mid-sixties, but most people had new ones by then, exxcept for one friend whose parents bought theirs after the war and never replaced it.
KC 4 yıl önce
🛑Time Stamps🛑 what she talks about and when! 3:02 - 11:10 - Kids chemistry kits 11:11 - 19:48 - Plastics (flammable clothing/furniture) 19:49 - 21:50 - T.V sets ~ 21:51 - 30:40 - D.I.Y house building (knocking down walls, enamelling a bath, plumbing, table lamps etc) 25:51 - 26:49 - continuation⬆️ ladder dangers 26:50 - 30:40 toxic adhesives (asbestos) and power tools (electric drills) and electric wiring. ~ 30:41 - 40:56 - food poisoning (salmonella and germs on hands.) 40:57 - 50:29 - air pollution and the dangers of gas boilers in bathrooms 50:30 - 57:31 electric item dangers (vacuum cleaners, gas cooker, fridges and washers, kitchen appliances)
Solid SperzZ
Solid SperzZ 4 yıl önce
Thank you that's very helpful!
ari3lz3pp3lin 4 yıl önce
Wow. Thanks.
RSQFILE 3 yıl önce
People like you are true heroes
al katraz
al katraz 3 yıl önce
Thx.. you gonna go far kid!
Smol Been
Smol Been 3 yıl önce
elaineg60 5 aylar önce
As soon as I saw the chemistry set, my head exploded-I PLAYED WITH THAT! It was my Uncles, but I mixed the glycerin & potassium permanganate out on the driveway with my uncle in the 60’s; one of the reasons, along with his microscope, I got into science! We had a blast with that set..but I was horrified later on when I began to understand what exactly these chemicals could do. My brilliant late son, who heard about our experiments, was VERY upset when he learned he couldn’t get anything to blow up with his 90’s set. 😂
Christopher Siano
Christopher Siano 6 aylar önce
The chemistry set I had which I believe was my dad's contained a tube of mercury. As a child I held the elemental metal in my hand and watched it roll around. FUN! My 6th grade science demonstration was producing ammonia fountains. Sure, they were contained in the glassware, but can you imagine if I'd dropped one? Looking back, I'm amazed at the stuff I played with.
carmelcorn 6 aylar önce
Same here, my mom brought home a little tube of mercury from work. My sister and I played with it till we spilled it on the sofa and it all scattered away.
Vanessa Henry
Vanessa Henry 4 aylar önce
Even my brother and I had dangerous chemistry sets in the 80's and we accidently made a poisonous gas that we are grateful our father came home when he did! We are in our 40's and 50's now, but we remember that they didn't have pictures in the book but also they didn't have the gas tube. BUT the booklets never did tell us what NOT to mix together!
gwugluud 77
gwugluud 77 Yıl önce
Someone during elementary school (60s, when I was a kid) brought a broken thermometer to school, and myself and his other friends played with the mercury with our bare hands off and on all day. I don't remember feeling ill, and apparently nothing came of it. God must have been over us.
Bob 6 aylar önce
My first teaching job was in the 60s in a rural school, and in the science cabinet was a heavy glass bottle filled with mercury. One of the parents worked in a science lab, and he was able to take care of it for me.
Jenny F
Jenny F 6 aylar önce
We all played with mercury at home and school in the 70s and 80s. Tbh the chemicals used in food and furniture today are far more prevalent and dangerous than back then!
John P
John P 6 aylar önce
As long as you didn’t ingest the Mercury then there is no problem.
Jenny F
Jenny F 5 aylar önce
@John PLike everything, it's absorbed through your skin. So rolling it around in your fingers isn't such a great idea- but back then they put mercury in our fillings near our brain, which I'm sure was a lot more toxic. And it did leach out and many an amalgam was swallowed. Even today some dentists still use it.😌
Nobody207 6 aylar önce
When I bought my home, it had a “whole home fan” in the attic, which was prehistoric AC from the 60’s. It wasn’t active, except for sparking at random on to insulation because it wasn’t capped off. I had it removed. In renovation, I found outlets boarded behind walls, some lower than the baseboards and they were badly frayed. There was no insulation on exterior walls, so rewiring was simple. I installed sheet insulation while I was in there. One day, I wanna redo my bathroom. The PO must’ve upgraded the toilet cause the back tank is in a cutout of drywall. No green board was used, but moisture-prone piss yellow sponge wallpaper was installed behind tub guards and vanity. U may also notice the 7 layers of sticky square laminate on the floor that slides and puckers at will. It also draws ants and other sticky-lovin bugs with lemon scented bleach. “U should buy a home” they said, “It’ll be all yours,” they added, as if BB&T don’t own my stuff for the rest of my life without giving a hot one about keeping OUR equity standing upright, smh
A Cast
A Cast 2 yıl önce
What makes me sad is watching genuine 1950s videos of these types of houses all over TRshow and how happy everyone looks in them, not knowing the dangers that awaited them.
Hannah BG
Hannah BG 2 yıl önce
@Timmy O'Toole Exactly. Not all houses were dangerous.
Christopher Eshleman
Christopher Eshleman 2 yıl önce
The birth of advertising.
Unknown Person
Unknown Person 2 yıl önce
Future generations will view exploding mobile phones as a threat. It just wasn’t significant enough.
Penzor Phallos
Penzor Phallos Yıl önce
The kids born in the 50s now get sucker punched from the back by 'youths' while grocery shopping, just for fun and worldstar clout. I guess the dangers and threats change uh
Traekas7! Yıl önce
Ah, yes! The Happy facade of the Upper/Middle/Lower Class American Families, circa 1950s/1960s.
D Ross
D Ross 6 aylar önce
One thing that I have never seen in these videos is Cox Airplanes, more commonly known as “little finger removers”. A little gas powered toy airplane with very sharp propellers. What could possibly go wrong? Another one, which I can’t remember the name of, was a Mattel toy where you put little plastic dinosaurs into the heater, and it heated them to near melting point, and then you put them into a vice like contraption that smushed them into little square blocks that said “Mattel” on them. You put the blocks back in the heater, and voila, it unraveled back into the dinosaur.
John P
John P 6 aylar önce
You learned to practice caution rather than be coddled in padded rooms.
Arlene Witt
Arlene Witt 6 aylar önce
I remember those chemistry sets. My 10 year old brother had one. He set the room on fire. In putting out the fire, my mother, who had been mopping, threw a bucket of dirty mop water on it to put it out. It worked and put out the fire, but soaked through to and into the kitchen cabinets on the floor below and soiled all the clean dishes. What a major chore to clean up.
Jugaloking69 Dope
Jugaloking69 Dope 6 aylar önce
you'll be amazed how every 5 years things have changed between the world wars and now. as a boy i read threw whole encyclopedias from the 40's to the 90s and the changes/additions in each thru the years are crazy. all you have to do is look at the maps/country info's and see all the new information there was
Kylie Dugan
Kylie Dugan 6 aylar önce
My dad was a young kid in the 50's. He told me that at the time he knew of several kids with terrible facial deformities caused by biting an electric cord and being electrocuted
Alicia B
Alicia B 3 yıl önce
Me a week ago: I love the style of the 50’s! I’d love to have a house full of things and clothes from that era! Me after watching this: ya know maybe modern things that LOOK like that would be nice instead
Dawn 3 yıl önce
@Tales From The Abyss calm down, there bud
Tales From The Abyss
Tales From The Abyss 3 yıl önce
@Dawn I can't. I need it badly
Dawn 3 yıl önce
@Tales From The Abyss lol well i'm not sure youtube is the best place to get that
Tales From The Abyss
Tales From The Abyss 3 yıl önce
@Dawn no no this is fine
Dawn 3 yıl önce
@Tales From The Abyss aight, you sure? Just sayin, you might not have much luck here, my guy.
hydrolito 6 aylar önce
Comic books also inspired some with Metal Men, Metamorpho the Element man, Element Lad, Chemical kid, and Molecule man in comics. Hourman took pills, elastic Lad drank a fluid, Flash supposedly got his power from lightning and chemicals, Fantastic Four, Hulk and Daredevil were exposed to radiation, Spider-man a radioactive spider. So, they might have thought they could get powers with pills, liquids, chemicals, electricity and radiation.
Michael Davis
Michael Davis 6 aylar önce
This is too funny. I had a chemistry set in the 60s. I did not make things blow up. I found a great cleaner. I used it all around to the house to guage its effectiveness. Then I took it to school, on a saturday to try it out there. The school janitor caught me. He was so impressed with my concoction that he asked for all i had so he could use it. I had no idea what was in it. I was about 10.
Surviving The Times
Surviving The Times 6 aylar önce
To this day, I still run into the remnants of people's DIY projects done in this era. Even the average homeowner back then had more pride in their work than a lot of professionals do these days. There are DIY projects done in the 50's and 60's that are now just starting to come apart, while I see new buildings that are already revealing their construction flaws. Anyway, these products and methods described in this documentary are the backdrop for the nanny state that we have today.
Kat D. 杜洁
Kat D. 杜洁 6 aylar önce
My grandma had one of those ovens that had the small side by side ovens. 25 years later, I still have the scar on my wrist from reaching into that tiny oven for baked potatoes....I'm not mad though. My beloved grandma is gone but that memory of her remains on my wrist....
SFC MP Yıl önce
I suppose this can depend on the personal upbringing of anyone who gets injured. It's very tragic when you read about people being injured, or killed doing DIY things at home. When I was a kid back in the 1960's my father was a DIY mentor to my brother and I. We were never allowed to touch any tool until he was comfortable with our understanding of the tool and could use it safely. This was a rule we had to follow. That being said, growing up we, put aluminum siding on our entire house, paneled the walls in the living room, learned minor electrical things including soldering, upholstering furniture as well as painting the inside if a house and techniques to ensure it was done neatly. I believe I owe all of my handyman knowledge to my father who taught us these things on the weekends. I wanted to use our home mower for a neighborhood business of mowing lawns. He said okay to that as long as I could prove I could keep the mower maintained. So I took small engine's in shop my Freshman year and got the mower. It can be done safely if you are brought up and taught by someone who is safety conscious. I was very very lucky. Disclaimer: I am in no way saying I had a better life than anyone else. Everyone has has their own journey in life, that is very personal, and private to them. Due to some of the things that has happened to us when we were very young, I feel very lucky to have had someone to mentor me and my brothers.
no peace
no peace Yıl önce
It was harder to find authoritative information before the internet. You just had to ask someone, and often they were full of it
Keetah Brough
Keetah Brough Yıl önce
in the classes below the middle class.. the system doesn't promote or support family. no. housing and jobs don't support comfort or functionality; and, products targeting us is about how best to numb yourself from this economic power structure. the rich(you) have created for themselves a Utopia, while telling the unrich, the poor and humble, *you can't live on love*.
SFC MP Yıl önce
@Keetah Brough I'm really not sure how you can imply I was rich, when you really don't know anything about me. My father worked his butt off doing 3 jobs. Obviously the jobs didn't pay much, otherwise he wouldn't have had to work 3 of them. Just because you have a job doesn't mean it pays much. He worked, 1 full time, and two part time jobs, just to ensure we made it. My mother worked part time. Which is why I came up with a lawn mowing thing. We figured out ways to make it work.. Just because we did projects didn't mean we were rich. We were no where near it..We did these projects because we could not afford to have anyone else do it. So to avoid our only place to live falling apart, it required us all to do our part. We lived in a tiny 3 bedroom house at 975 square feet, (I just looked the square footage up, so it's accurate). That square footage nowadays might get you a two bedroom apartment depending on where you live, that's how small it was. Our beds were donated by friends and family. Before we got the beds I had a cot. There were three of us in a room, just barely big enough to fit the beds in. There was no AC except a fan and an open window. But we didn't complain. We all worked to make ends meet. This was back in the 1960's. So being safety conscious was extremely important to us because we couldn't afford someone having to go to the hospital. As far as love goes, when you have a family as big as ours was crammed into a tiny house, you better believe we made it many months on love. You have to if you are going to make it work in such tight living conditions. If you're wondering why I responded in such detail, it's because my father, and mentor passed away a few months back, and I suppose we are all still a bit emotional about it If you are talking about now, currently I live the life I do from serving most of my adult life in the Military. My family sacrificed having a normal life so others didn't have to. Placing myself in harms way wasn't a way to get rich. It was a way to serve my country, and again to make ends meet. I'm now in my 60's, and can hardly move due to chronic pain. I wouldn't call that living a rich life.
garrett chiodo
garrett chiodo Yıl önce
yep nothing like helping dad on his day off/ re paneling my bed room
STPbasss Yıl önce
@no peace And those same people full of it are giving information on the internet 😂.
GymbalLock 6 aylar önce
I grew up with several Gilbert chemistry sets in the 1970s. These were the metal boxes that unfolded to make a vertical shelf of all the chemicals and test tubes. One set contained uranium ore. Another had a freeze-dried frog that would be dissected once rehydrated.
Nathaniel D Aiken
Nathaniel D Aiken 6 aylar önce
I think I had that! My brother called it "a mad scientist kit"!
Bethany Leonard
Bethany Leonard 5 aylar önce
Yuk on the freeze dried frog🐸
Dennis White
Dennis White 6 aylar önce
I had a chemistry set in the 60's. I was not satisfied with the chemicals supplied and found a source for chemicals to add to my set. Before my mom ordered them for me she had my older brother look over the list (he took Chemistry in HS). He okayed the 1 lb each of potassium nitrate, sulphur and charcoal. He made me promise to "be careful". I made quite a few bombs that summer with my additional chemicals.
Katja Golden
Katja Golden 4 aylar önce
I asked my grandfather once how much $ was his first house. He said just after the war his first home in Rockford Illinois was $5000! My first car in May 1992 was $2400.
beth98362 6 aylar önce
My sister Nori was lit on fire accidentally while wearing one of those plastic shirts and she panicked and took off running and she ended up with third degree burns down half the side of her body from her shoulder to her hips and down the underside of her arm it was just horrible.
S Kirk
S Kirk 5 aylar önce
Growing up in Florida before air conditioning mosquitos and gnats were a problem. A truck would go up and down the streets to try to alleviate the outbreaks. As kids, we used to run behind the mosquito truck to play in the smoke....while parents watched. Nobody thought a thing about it being dangerous. But, we were breathing insecticide! We also would put a Pic coil in our car at the Drive-In or our bedrooms at night to ward off mosquitos and gnats. It would burn and emit smoke. We breathed that almost daily. When my mother was having anxiety issues trying to be the perfect housewife and mother...the Dr recommended she start smoking. Lol Those were the days!
Lois Ruthstrom
Lois Ruthstrom 5 aylar önce
I was watching an old episode of Ozzie and Harriett that l have on DVD. There's a guy in a commercial for Sucrets throat lozenges. He has a sore throat and you feel sorry for him. Then, the narrator says. "...and you can even use them while smoking" as the guy lights up a cigarette. Riiigght, like smoking is going to help that sore throat!
thecatatemyhomework 4 aylar önce
You are still alive, aren't you?
_amusingmyself 3 aylar önce
Same here with the mosquito fogger going through the neighborhood! Yikes! 🤪
The Rock-afire Explosion
The Rock-afire Explosion 3 aylar önce
Hey! I was born in 1953. I remember the mosquito fogger. Maybe my family was smarter than the average bear, but we knew not to play outside when the truck came down the road.
Newt 2 yıl önce
I got salmonella when I was 23 and it was one of the most miserable experiences of my life. The idea that people were suffering from that in droves because no one was washing their hands is madness.
Stephanie Cruzado
Stephanie Cruzado Yıl önce
Are you ok
Lori Miller
Lori Miller Yıl önce
I got it from not washing lettuce. It was horrible. Luckily in the basement was a very small bathroom with the sink directly across from the toilet. I really appreciated that design at the time. I was 33 and in fairly good health. I suffered severely for a good 4 days straight. Please wash your lettuce even if it says that it's washed already.
Kristopher Guilbault
Kristopher Guilbault Yıl önce
@Lori Miller look at it this way.."Your troubles were BEHIND you" lol my elderly Grandfather used to say that to me all the time when we had "bathroom" issues . Or the runs lol. Your troubles are behind ya ;)
Bluenose Mass Media
Bluenose Mass Media Yıl önce
I think I went to high school with Sal Monella
Chris Kortjohn
Chris Kortjohn Yıl önce
Look up the history guy episode The Doctor who washed his hands. You'll be exponentially more frustrated with that story but it's really good.
G. S.
G. S. 6 aylar önce
Back in the 50s, my older brother blew up something in his chemistry set, and my Grandma, bless her heart, rushed out to the store for paint to fix up his room before Grandpa got home and found out what happened.
Lawrence Lile
Lawrence Lile 7 aylar önce
We had a random jar of uranium sitting around next to the chemistry set, and an army surplus geiger counter to check it with. Also a little tube of mercury that we'd roll around on the bedsheets. At one time a neighbor kid dumped all the chemicals in his set down the baserent drain to see what would happen. There was some smoke and fumes then apparently acids collapsed the pipes or something, as the drains quit working after that.
Jean Vignes
Jean Vignes 4 aylar önce
I remember the exposed rollers of my grandmother’s washing machine. You would feed the wet cloth between the rollers to squeeze out the excess water between washing & rinsing, and between rinsing & hanging the cloth to dry. Of course, those exposed , powerful, hand-crushing rollers on the commercial laundry machines brand-named Mangle are where the common term mangle originated.
TheHypnotstCollector 6 aylar önce
in 1959 we mixed up some chemicals and suddenly, out of the test tube came this black snakey mass, foot after foot of black snake.... We bought something like this on July4, along with sparklers, etc. This black snakey thing went on for a minute and was maybe 6 feet long or more. It was impressive that so much stuff could come out of a small test tube. And we couldn't duplicate the effect but we tried. These wonderful chemistry sets vanished in the late 1960's. Just so you know, chairs and sofas have caught on fire for eons prior to Nylon, etc. Cotton burns. Entire cities burned over a single incident in some home. Hay burns and horses eat hay so spin that yarn..... so to speak. And cigarettes are an amazing concoction of ever-burninig and addictive chemicals...And for eons humans worked in mines and in rooms full of all sorts of filth. Mad as a Hatter.... Imagine going into a Utah uranium mine...... no venting, nothing.
Granma Bern
Granma Bern 5 aylar önce
Sounds like you had graphe ne in your chem set😅
Neva Oswald
Neva Oswald 3 aylar önce
My parents unplugged our TV at night and I remember it having to "warm up" when we wanted to watch the next day. The grocery store sold small tubes at the front of the store on a display case for those and for radios too for when they burned out. They would glow brighter and brighter. It was agony waiting until they were ready. Not the same as the TV picture tube, it never burned out.
Vernon Findlay
Vernon Findlay 6 aylar önce
Love that house,our home built in 1952 🇨🇦 ,hasn't changed much. We bought it from the first family that was raised in the house. Though we did rewire it from 60 Amp service to 100 Amp. Great video, 👍👍👍
Laudanum 1987
Laudanum 1987 2 yıl önce
My dad was a firefighter in the 60s-90s, and one of his unbreakable rules was that they NEVER smoked upstairs. And all ashtrays were put into the kitchen sink with a bit of water at the end of the day. not dumped into the trash. It didn’t fix everything but it helped.
Hadley Canine
Hadley Canine 2 yıl önce
It's amazing just how effective all the fire prevention work in terms of community outreach, school events, PSAs, etc has been. Anytime I saw someone doing something unsafe with fire, even as far back as a kid in the 90s, someone (often multiple people at once) would immediately speak up and put the Fear of Fiery Death into whoever was being irresponsible. Even the people with zero personal experience with fire would speak up, often being the first to do so, which if you think about it really is incredible and shows just how effective the outreach has been. Not that it stopped any of us from playing from fire, of course, but at least we were safe about it. When one kid told us he found some random spray could be held in your palm while on fire pretty safely, nobody there was willing to be the first to test it. A few people went as far as verifying they knew where the nearest extinguisher were in case his demonstration failed. Even when everyone else wanted to try it, they always started with the tiniest amount of spray. On the other hand I get the impression that if you went around in the 50s and offered to set people's hands on fire after you sprayed something on it, a lot of people would agree on the spot and wouldn't even think to check the label of what's in the spray.
Poppy Field
Poppy Field Yıl önce
My Grandparents emptied their ashtrays in a sand bucket at night
Kenneth Handschuh
Kenneth Handschuh Yıl önce
rule in our house was they were emptied into a metal can and the can was filled with water then tossed out in the burn barrel every couple of days, NEVER INTO THE DRY TRASH CANS ALL ASHTRAYS WERE PLACED ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER OVERNIGHT.
Lori Miller
Lori Miller Yıl önce
Jack Cassidy, David's Father died from being drunk and passing out with a cigarette. He set the whole place on fire. Extremely sad situation.
Dry Desert
Dry Desert Yıl önce
@Lori Miller Thank you for your informative comment. Jack Cassidy's untimely death was a great loss to me and others. Damn cigarettes are a real killer no doubt. Jack's way of comedy was just fine. He brought out smiles and laughter. R.I.P. Jack...
grauekatze 5 aylar önce
Definitely explains some stuff my mother was always going on about, being a child of that age.
Steve Bailey
Steve Bailey 3 aylar önce
Growing up in the 70s in the US, I loved chemistry sets! Never did any damage but u do remember one of the bottles had a magnesium strip in it. When ignited they burn at thousands of degrees. They used magnesium grenades to burn through military vehicles to disable them before they got into enemy hands.
Joe Borrello
Joe Borrello 5 aylar önce
Our previous home was built in 1988 and there was a gas fireplace in the bedroom which was unvented. It was only a few inches deep with the flame exposed. We never lit it, but replaced it with a proper vented fireplace.
Red River Rebel
Red River Rebel 6 aylar önce
The whole DIY segment made me roll my eyes because even the "experts" didn't know asbestos was bad and it was used in the U.S. until the 70's I believe. During the early 50's a carpenter who was middle age hadn't been using power tools that much either since he was apprenticed probably during the First World War and used hand tools. Most of the old homes built in my community here in Texas were built by farmers because there was no one to build. Even today most of my farming/ranching neighbors do everything DIY because we live so far out and are 25 miles from the nearest gas station and nearly an hour from a city. Trying to get a skilled tradesman to drive 75 miles to put in a new window, set a door or install cabinets will cost you a fortune so people do what they have always done and DIY.
rage'n ribbons
rage'n ribbons 5 aylar önce
They weren’t saying the people were dumb. They were literally saying what you just said: much of this stuff was new, and there were all kinds of dangers until more stuff was figured out. Relax.
Troy Belding
Troy Belding 4 aylar önce
@rage'n ribbons - What they actually kept saying is that none of this was the fault of the users, but rather everything was the fault of the product creators. The man dropping a ladder on someone was the fault of the companies pushing that people could DIY projects. The woman sticking a knife into a toaster was the fault of the toaster company. The people dropping burning objects onto furniture was the fault of the plastic manufacturers. The people not opening a window next to a gas boiler was the fault of the boiler manufacturer - ad nauseum.
Kerstin 6 aylar önce
This was a very interesting documentation. I haven't known that all these dangers still existed in the fifties. It seems we had more rigid laws earlier in Germany.
3 AM
3 AM 5 aylar önce
Jeph629 4 aylar önce
Yeah, we heard about your "rigid laws in Germany"
John Penguin the 3rd
John Penguin the 3rd Yıl önce
After watching this, I'm beginning to understand why most toy collectors tend to focus on toys primarily released from the 1960's and up and tend to ignore the vast majority of PRE-1960's toys.
Big Baller
Big Baller Yıl önce
Why? The only toy they mentioned was chemistry sets.
Kipperlab Yıl önce
@Big Baller The pre-60´s toys had lead on its paint which is dangerous to even touch them as paint cracks and falls on your fingers when the toy is touched or handled. The plushes also had dangerous products to keep leather soft and on its place for a long time in daily playing
Jimmy Duncan
Jimmy Duncan Yıl önce
Sad because the 1940 "Box-O-Glass" was quite sparkly.
Les Jones
Les Jones Yıl önce
Where is batman and Robin lmao.
SFC MP Yıl önce
@Jimmy Duncan Don't forget Irwin Mainway's Johnny Switchblade Adventure Punk, with 2 real switchblades at the push of a button. Oh and I almost forgot, the Bag O' Nails, and the Bag O' Vipers.
Leigh Knighton
Leigh Knighton 5 aylar önce
This is a great video that I’ve come back to several times but I never understand why whoever edited this decided to blackout all of the newspaper clippings. Why even include them at all if you’re just going to black them out one second later?
spoiler9112 4 aylar önce
Most of what is blacked out is being read.
Karen Williams
Karen Williams 4 aylar önce
Indeed, it is very irritating!! I may not even finish the video.
Theknifedude 4 aylar önce
Maybe if shown they would have to pay or acknowledge someone/something.
E S 3 aylar önce
Video editor’s first day on the job? It would look nice if the black smoke effect was more transparent, but someone clearly messed up here.
Just1Nora 4 aylar önce
In the 1910s I believe, maybe 1920s, my grandmother was standing by the fireplace in her nightie as a very young girl, age 4 I think, and it caught fire. She sustained severe burns and even needed skin grafts. She was lucky to live. According to my father she was very shy about showing her legs because of the tremendous scarring she had. It's true that I don't remember ever seeing her legs above the knee, and she almost always had compression stockings on below the knee. We took her on vacation to a lake resort towards the end of her life and she went to the pool early in the day when usually no one else was there and when we were off doing other activities. I didn't think about it that way until my dad reminded me about her burns. 😔 She was such a tough lady that I guess I didn't think about her being vulnerable as well.
Elizabeth Linsay
Elizabeth Linsay 4 aylar önce
I grew up in apartment buildings in the South and in Washington, D.C. in the 50s and 60s. My parents were very progressive for those times. Among other things, they had me read Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring" which foretold many environmental issues which we face today. Please read it if you can find a copy. Heaven help us all.
J.A. G.
J.A. G. 5 aylar önce
I was born in 61. Chemistry were still very popular. I received many of them for Christmas. By then bunson burners only came with the expensive kits. I always used the isopropyl alcohol burners. I created smoke of lots of different colors. Stink bombs and many cool things. I used up all the chems. I loved chemistry then.
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