We’ve made some progress

This photo from the park board’s 1950 annual report is one of my favorite “reality check” images. Can you guess what the spray cloud is?

Right, it’s DDT. Now we know it’s not a good thing to breathe or drink. Things are getting better.

David C. Smith  minneapolisparkhistory[at]q.com

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2 comments so far

  1. Bill Payne on

    Yeah, but “progress” away from elms? What can replace them? By the way, where was this photo taken?

    Bill Payne

    • David C. Smith on

      There’s nothing quite like the old elms — but not even DDT could have saved them. (But we do have some eagles in the city again.) I don’t know where the picture was taken. Any guesses? Appreciate your comments, as always, Bill.

      David C. Smith


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