Is this color poisonous

Poisonous colors

[128]Poisonous colors. It has long been known that there are some poisonous substances among the substances used as colors. Every mother warns her child not to put the brightly painted toys or the paint tablets in the paint boxes in their mouths. In addition to the copper colors that have long been known to be poisonous, such as: verdigris, Brunswick green, Bremen green, etc., colors containing arsenic have been so poisonous that in relation to them the first-named colors could be described as innocent. The most dangerous of these colors is the so-called, which is distinguished by its beauty and invented by Sattler in Schweinfurt Schweinfurt green. It surpasses all other green colors in luster and fire and has the particular advantage that even in artificial light it appears shiny green, almost more beautiful than during the day. But this color is one of the most dangerous poisons, which contains 58 per cent of white arsenic, as well as copper oxide and acetic acid. This poisonous paint has been used for a long time for coloring wallpaper, window rouleaux, etc., and even in individual cases for painting Children's toys and Confectionery used until the authorities take action against such uses. Wallpaper colored with Schweinfurt green can spoil the air in a room in two ways. On the one hand they give off a poisonous dust, especially when sweeping and rubbing, just as the rouleaux do when they are pulled up and down, and then in damp rooms they can give rise to the formation of arsenic-containing poisonous gases as the glue and paper slowly rot. As for this dust, upholsterers and bookbinders, who used the latter to use the Schweinfurt green for coloring green bookcuts, have often enough experienced its harmful effects. It causes skin rashes, inflammation of the eyes, the throat, etc. Since the authorities have banned Schweinfurt green with all rights to many uses and its toxic properties have become better known, however, the consumption of the same has by no means decreased. On the contrary, manufacturing is still flourishing. Where that Schweinfurt green was not allowed to appear under this name, it reappeared under the name: Mitis green, Kaiser green, English green, Swedish green, Papagay green, Green again, Leipzig Green, Bressanone Green and maybe under other names. Especially in recent times it has played a role on balls by using it for coloring artificial leaves to make ball decorations and too Ball gowns used in the evenings because of its beautiful effect. Only severe ignorance of the nature of the colors or the unscrupulousness of the manufacturers was able to make the hideous invention of these poisonous clothes, which have to fill the air with poisonous dust with every movement.

Ball gown fabrics, so-called tarlatanes, were recently examined in Leipzig and, as a result of the results, they were confiscated by the authorities half of their weight consisted of Schweinfurt green. The poisonous paint adhered so loosely to the witness that it dusted off when rubbed, especially when the fabric was torn, and could be rinsed off by washing with cold water. It was just attached to the stuff with some paste. The yard of these poisonous clothes weighed twenty grams and gave ten grams of Schweinfurt green. Each cubit therefore contains two-thirds of the poison, and a ball-lady clad in this perishable material carries, according to the dimensions of a modern ball gown, at least six of the most dangerous poison on her body, a not inconsiderable part of which she carries into the air of the room scattered a ball night. It is obvious that the maker of the dress must have swallowed part of the poison beforehand. Besides the green there are also red arsenic-containing paints, namely a so-called paint used by the room painters Cochenilleroth, which essentially contains arsenic acid alumina. So poison and disease press against people from all sides under a shiny cover!