Not Your Usual Childrens’ Story Book

I just added cataloging for our copy of a 31 page USDA booklet titled:

The Story of the Cattle Fever Tick : What Every Southern Child Should Know About Cattle Ticks : A Picture Book Which Shows How the Fever Ticks Steal Milk, Meat and Money from Farmers and Kill Thousands of their Cattle. Washington: U.S. Department of Agriculture [G.P.O.], 1917.

This childrens’ story book begins with a letter from the chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry to the “school children of the south” asking them to help eradicate the ticks by “reading this story book and then getting your parents to fight cattle fever ticks in your county.”

The eradication effort was eventually successful — whether because because of advocacy by the kids or because of the “arsenical dipping solution” used — and today the focus of vigilance against these particular ticks is in the Texas counties along the Rio Grande.  (Now, if only we could get deer and mice to go through dipping tanks, maybe we could control the ticks that vector Lyme disease….)

Can’t make it to Harrisburg, but still want to see the pictures? Want to print out a copy of this booklet for children you know? You’re in luck. There are various digital versions available in the Internet Archive.

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