Wednesday, May 26, 2010


History of this blog post.

half an hour ago I told my mum that my contact in the USA has a bad BED BUG PROBLEM, and she says.. "USE FLIT".. it has been around for ages! "I think my grandmother used it" (My mum is 86!) .. quickly I did some research, and here is what I found.

You can still buy the stuff in germany:


«Lösung gegen Krätze» sowie eine weitere fast volle Dose, deren Aufschrift das Präparat «Flit» verkündet, welches «Motten, Mücken, Fliegen, Bettwanzen, Küchenschaben und Ameisen» töten soll. Dose der Firma «Vulkan», deren Inhalt der Etikettierung nach als «Ofen-Pomade» zum Einsatz kam.

Für Hausbesitzer Marcus Batz ein Fall fürs Heimatmuseum vielleicht: Teils skurrile Alltagsgegenstände vom Dachboden komponierte
Fotograf RalfRödel zu einem Bild. FotoAndréDeGeare

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Zerstäuber für Flit-Insekten-
vernichtungsmittel, ca. 1930

Flit bug spray, 1930 Ilustração, No. 110, July 16, 1930 - 6a, originally uploaded by Gatochy. Scanned from Portuguese magazine Ilustração, No. 110, July 16, 1930. Click image for 783 x 1185 size. "Destroys flies, mosquitoes, clothes-moths, cockroaches, bugs, ants".

Flit surface spray for spraying walls ceilings kills

"Say it, Spray it, Slay it!" Flit aerosol bomb insecticide advertisement from the June 19, 1950 issue of Life magazine

at home on vacation at camp fight insect pests economical scientific formula assures quick knockdown sure kill simple push button valve easy one-hand operation fills an average size room in 5 seconds - container holds 12 ounces good for months - quick henry the filt - SAY IT SPRAY IT SLAY IT

aerosol bomb

ESSO FLIT continuous space sprayer gulf spray

FLIT Surface Spray

Flit, the bug killer, made by Standard Oil’s Stanco. Flit was famous for its magazine ad campaign thSal Hepaticaat was drawn by Dr. Seuss. It came with an atomizer to shoot the spray at the bugs. The slogan became a catch phrase; it was “Quick, Henry, the Flit.” Apparently, the brand survives in another permethrin-based formulation by another company, Clarke.
1927 flit advertising

Click image for 801 x 1137 size. "Flit kills all insects quicker. Guard yourselves against imitations". In Portuguese magazine Ilustração, No. 109, July 1 1930.


Surely everyone remembers that catchy phrase, “Quick Henry, the Flit!” and if Henry did as his wife stated, the mosquito didn’t stand a chance.

Well, this blog is not about “Flit.” But in reading a story yesterday morning in the newspaper, the old phrase came to mind and I just couldn’t help but hee-haw about it. I need to alert readers that if they are sensitive to things sexual, they probably should turn back now. Otherwise, keep on reading.

The findings of a 300-man study is being given Tuesday at the Chicago Meeting of the American Urological Association and the results of this study show that a new anesthetic developed by a London company, Plethora Solutions Ltd., will make a sad group of men very, very happy. Well, this is my interpretation of the efficacy of their product, but I think you’ll see what I mean in a minute.

The article states that one of the most common sexual problems of men, striking about 1 in every 3 is premature ejaculation. This is even a higher percentage than that of erectile dysfunction, which is 1 in every 4. According to the article, a new topical anesthetic by another company, a cream called EMLA that is used to numb one’s organ thus prolonging ejaculation is in the works, but its drawback is that it takes about 45 minutes to work. Complicating the matter is that the man must wear a condom or the cream will be transferred to his partner and cause her to go numb and miss out on the whole thing!

So the Plethora folks have developed an anesthetic spray that once sprayed on the end of the penis is absorbed quickly and goes to work in mere minutes. In their most recent efficacy trial, the company recruited the 300 men in Northern Ireland who had documented histories of prematurity and who were in monogamous relationships. Two-third used the spray and one-third used a placebo.

Now all this I find very clinical. But here is what made me burst out laughing: “The men were instructed to spray it on five minutes before intercourse, and then document the time from penetration to ejaculation with a stopwatch.” Here’s where the “Quick, Henry, the Flit” comes in. The image of 300 men holding spray cans and stopwatches is what really makes me laugh. Oh, how I wish I could draw that scene for use in my blog.

But since this topic needs to stay clinical, I must report that like in all good trials, the participants fill out detailed questionnaires about their experiences and their sexual satisfaction, and the results indicated a “go.” Apparently the spray satisfied everyone, and with FDA approval it will go on the market with a cost less than Viagra and the other erectile-dysfunction drugs.

If I read the article correctly, the name of the spray will be Tempe. (How do you think that will sit with Tempe, Arizona?)

I would think it would be called simply “Plethora” – and if you wonder why, look up the word in any good dictionary and you’ll discover it means more than just an excess. And this makes this whole thing much more interesting clinically, and exceptionally funny, I think.

And apologies to anyone who doesn’t find this a laughing matter.

Flit is the brand name for an insecticide.

The original product, launched in 1923[1] and mainly intended for killing flies and mosquitoes, was mineral oil based and manufactured by the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (renamed Esso/Exxon). Later marketed as "FLIT MLO", it has since been discontinued. A hand-operated device called a Flit gun was commonly used to perform the spraying.

The Flit brand name has been reused for another insecticide product, with the primary active ingredient of permethrin, marketed by Clarke Mosquito Control.[2] The current product is most often used to control adult mosquitos. Spraying it into the air kills adult mosquitos that are present and then by settling onto surfaces it kills mosquitos that may later land.

Quick, Henry, the Flit!

In 1928 Flit, then marketed by a newly formed subsidiary of Jersey Standard, Stanco Incorporated,[3] became the subject of a very successful long running advertising campaign. Theodor Seuss Geisel created the artwork for this campaign, years before he started writing the children's books that made him famous as Dr. Seuss. The ads typically showed people threatened by whimsical, menacing insect-like creatures that will look familiar to fans of Dr. Seuss's later work and contained the tagline "Quick, Henry, the Flit!". This advertising campaign continued for 17 years and made "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" into a popular catchphrase in the United States.[4][5]
[edit] References

1. ^ James Anthony Clark. The chronological history of the petroleum and natural gas industries. Clark Book Co., 1963, p. 137. ASIN B000WTVV34.
2. ^ Flit – product information, Clarke Mosquito Control.
3. ^ Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. Strategy and Structure: Chapters in the History of the American Industrial Enterprise. Beard Books, 1962, p. 212. ISBN 978-1587981982 9781587981982.
4. ^ The Advertising Artwork of Dr. Seuss.
5. ^ Richard Corliss. "That Old Feeling: Seuss on First". Time, March 2, 2004.

A Flit gun is a hand-pumped insecticide sprayer used to dispense Flit, a brand-name insecticide widely used against flies and mosquitoes between 1928 and the mid-1950s. Although named after the well-known brand, "Flit gun" became a generic name for this type of dispenser.

A Flit gun consists of a pneumatic tube with a hand-operated plunger to force air through an air nozzle in the front. Below the front of the pneumatic tube is a secondary tubular container designed to hold a liquid insecticide, this reservoir set at 90 degrees to the pneumatic tube. The insecticide reservoir traditionally has a screw-cap for pouring additional insecticide into the container, plus an internal hose that feeds from the fluid reservoir up to a tip placed just forward of the air nozzle of the pneumatic tube. This arrangement mists or atomizes the insecticide into a spray when the pneumatic tube handle is pumped, without the requirement for any compressed propellants to be stored. The basic pneumatic tube portion is similar in operation to a Super Soaker or a hand-powered grease gun, but propelling air rather than water or grease.


Once commonly found in households, hand-operated Flit guns have been replaced as insecticide dispensers by aerosol spray cans and fallen out of common use. The design was originally created for rural outdoor use in the early 20th century, and is rarely seen anymore, aside from in reruns of pre-World War II cartoons and a few early movies.
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