article refers to the first use of the term " fly swatter " - devices for
killing flies by a swat object have been around a very long time and no
one knows who invented the first one. However, Frank Rose was the first
person to market a fly swatter under the name of fly swatter.
In 1905, Dr.
Samuel J. Crumbine, a member of the Kansas State Board of Health, set out
to rid the state of a bumper crop of flies and combat the public’s indifference
to the pests. While attending a Topeka softball game, Crumbine was inspired
by the crowd’s chant of "swat the ball." The next issue of his Fly Bulletin
bore the headline "SWAT THE FLY." This in turn inspired a school teacher,
Frank H. Rose to construct a device from a yardstick and a piece of screen.
The holes in the screen were essential because a fly can sense the air
pressure of a solid object like a hand. Rose called his invention a "fly
bat." Dr. Crumbine renamed it "fly swatter."
Advertisement for "The King Fly
Swatter" from 1901, June, issue of Ladies Home Journal.
The above text reads:
The King Fly Killer - Kills Without
Crushing - Soils Nothing
The wire being almost invisible
the flies and mosquitos are quickly killed, thus clearing your house of
them in only a few minutes. A prominent lady has said, " It is the most
prized article in my home."
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