A gallery of everyday items that used to be made of asbestos, once touted at the "miracle mineral."
Asbestos, because of its resistance to heat, has been used to insulate industrial clothing, like this firefighter’s coat. (SHNS photo by Matt Anzur)
Asbestos, a naturally occurring fiber, was used to make tiles for suspended ceilings. They were manufactured under various brand names -- Conwed, Elof Haansen, Flintkote, Owens Corning Fiberglas, Simpson Timber.
Advertisement for Kentile vinyl asbestos floor tile, which came in various colors and was used residential kitchens and laundry rooms as well as in schools and offices. (SHNS photo by Matt Anzur)
An advertisement for an asbestos-backed hot pad touts its ability to resist heat. (SHNS photo by Matt Anzur)
Several items made with asbestos, including a toy doll (similar to a G.I. Joe) wearing an asbestos firefighters's outfit. (SHNS photo by Matt Anzur)
A variety of asbestos-containing items have been collected by The Lanier Law Firm in its Spring, Texas, office. "Snow Drift" was a holiday decoration that families sprinkled or applied (through a small spray gun) to Christmas trees & wreaths.
Johns-Manville Fireite furnace cement was used to coat residential or small commercial furnaces. (SHNS photo by Matt Anzur)
Asbestos triple play: Asbestos cloth was used to wrap asbestos-containing pipes using asbestos-containing insulating cement. Factory workers wrapped miles of steam or chemical lines using these products. (SHNS photo by Matt Anzur)
Johns-Manville Terraflex vinyl asbestos floor tiles came in various colors and were used in residential kitchens and laundry rooms, plus schools and offices. (SHNS photo by Matt Anzur)
Marvel Comics Strange Tales, Issue 111, from August 1963 features the Human Torch battling "Asbestos Man.” (SHNS photo by Matt Anzur)