IMAGERY – Origins of Smog

Celebrated books have been penned to discuss how Los Angeles’ problem with air quality first developed. Commonly, the blame has been put on the local munitions factories of World War II (one of which my grandma worked in, btw), but a photo of the *real* perpetrator has been discovered.

It’s visible after the jump.

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Yes, it’s true… apparently “Miss Smog Fighter, 1951” opened up the wrong jar.
Beauty queens messin’ up our ecosystem. Sigh. They just keep making trouble, don’t they?

Miss Smog Fighter, 1951
The USC Digital Archive contains tens of thousands of great images of historic Los Angeles, but some of my personal favorites are featured in the LA Examiner archive, which is where this image resides. Go check out the site and you’ll be entertained for hours.

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