The Dutch Boy Conquers Old Man Gloom: A Paint Book for Boys and Girls
In this audio slide show from the e-seminar Lead Poisoning and the Industrial Age, the first in the series The Politics of Pollution, Professors David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz illustrate one of the ways the lead industry targeted children. The industry produced small booklets of illustrated nursery rhymes and rhyming stories that would attract children and get them to influence their parents to buy lead paint. The National Lead Company produced five or six of these booklets throughout the 1920s. The booklet presented here is entitled The Dutch Boy Conquers Old Man Gloom, and it tells a wonderful story of a gnarled, old, Victorian man named Old Man Gloom, who represents the old paint on a family's walls.