The Slow Demise of Asbestos, the Carcinogen that Gave ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Snow | Atlas Obscura

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5 thoughts on “The Slow Demise of Asbestos, the Carcinogen that Gave ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Snow | Atlas Obscura

  1. Very interesting! I didn’t know that the Wizard of Oz show used asbestos as the snow in the movie. It’s sad how some businesses fought to try and keep asbestos on the market! Thank goodness they finally got rid of it! It probably took that huge lawsuit.

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    1. It’s the fifty years that it was being used when they knew it caused problems that is staggering. When people started to live regularly into their seventies and eighties, so many more developed problems from it. Asbestos was incredibly cheap and could be sprayed to fit anything. But the idea it was snow in the poppy scene of the Wizard of Oz seemed scary. And I already knew the tin man role about killed Buddy Epsen. The film set was a death trap

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      1. You’re right. It is staggering! I had not heard that about Buddy Epsom. That’s sad he didn’t get to play the part because he got so sick. Apparently the set of Wizard of the Oz truly was a death trap.

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      2. Back in those days they probably could hide a star being in a local hospital fairly easily. So if he didn’t tell the story to someone it may never have got out.

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