Seaplane spraying DDT over Canadian forest, 1945


Photograph. Seaplane spraying DDT over Canadian forest; view from the ground. Official Caption: "Rome, 9/21/45. Plane Spreads DDT Over Spruce Budworm-Infested Canadian Forest. A low-flying plane, equipped with a special spraying device, spreads DDT, new insecticide, over spruce budworm-infested trees in the Kabonga area of the Quebec forests in Canada. Since DDT, which is harmless to humans, kills beneficial as well as destructive insects, experimentation is under way to reduce ill effects on useful insects, and animals. The spruce budworm, which is more dangerous to spruce and balsam forests than a fire because it operates on a larger scale, will probably destroy a large percentage of the Kabonga forests unless something is done to destroy them. American and Canadian Government scientists are experimenting together to adapt DDT, which has been effective against disease-carrying mosquitoes, house flies, and moths, for use against the destructive spruce budworm. Photo through U. S. I. S. Rome (D List Out) 43872-PME. For display purposes only. Not for publication." Quebec, Canada. 21 September 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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