People using Anios disinfectant to destroy microbes representing infectious diseases. Colour lithograph by G. de Trye-Maison, ca. 1910.
- Trye-Maison, G. de, active approximately 1910.
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People on a clifftop, right, with to the left microbes in the air, represented as little monsters. Top right, men using a hand-pump to fire sprays of "Anios Liquide" over the cliff against the microbes, which are falling into the sea. Some of the microbes are labelled with names of diseases ("Charbon" [anthrax], "Mildew", "Fièvre Aphteuse" [foot-and-mouth disease], "Typhus", "Phtisie galopante" [galloping consumption or tuberculosis], "Choléra", "Peste") In the foreground, a crowd of twelve people from different walks of life stand on the cliff and throw boxes of Anios powder at the microbes or pour Anios liquid from wicker-coated cans over them. The people include a workman (wearing clogs - Breton?), a postman, a chef, a waiter, a woman in a Breton coif, five middle-or upper-class men and a fashionable lady. Possibly the types portrayed may be associated with the diseases mentioned, e.g. the rustic Bretons with foot-and-mouth disease, the postman with mildew, the chef and waiter with typhus, the city-dwellers with cholera, etc. The firm Laboratoires Anios was founded in 1898 in the Lille area by a chemist called Collet-Delval to sell products and services designed to ensure disinfection and hygiene in the vats of the growing brewing industry. In 1989 it moved to premises in Lille-Hellemmes, offering hygiene services to industry, hospitals, medical practitioners and institutional premises such as kitchens and old people's homes
Le microbe voilà l'ennemi. Pour le vaincre employez tous L'Anios desinfectant sans odeur. G. de Trye-Maison
[Paris?] : [publisher not identified], [1910?] (Paris (14 Rue Lafayette) : Imp. Ch. Wall & Cie.)
1 print : lithograph, printed in colours on two sheets joined horizontally ; sheets together 191.5 x 133 cm
W. Schupbach, 'Little monsters', Wellcome news, no. 27, 2001, p. 25
Wellcome Library no. 460155i