Odd Imagery

Swallowed Trinkets (1933)

There are X-Rays of trinkets children swallowed.

During the Great Depression, candy with a “prize” inside – usually a coin or a lead trinket – was very popular. However, they could be deadly when swallowed by small children. These photos taken by Dr. Chevalier Jackson, a pioneering laryngologist, helped convince Congress to approve a provision in the 1933 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act still in force today, which prohibits the sale of trinkets embedded in confections.

– The U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Jackson, Dr. Chevalier. X-Ray of Trinket Swallowed by a Child, 1933. United States Food and Drug Administration, public domain.

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