The Gray Specter of Infection

I can't even read the whole headline without laughing, especially because I'm not supposed to laugh at the spectre of infection.

Which IS creepy, I'll admit.

Blue-Jay Corn Remover, by Bauer & Black, 1927.  Artwork by Walter W. Seaton.

There are many other Blue-Jay ads out there, some quite funny.  But this "Gray Specter of Infection" is a powerful image they used at least three other times.  See them

full size 1000x1262 (from

They moved to bruises, not corns, as the source of doom, and the artwork stayed sinister.  Sadly I have not located any of these in large sizes or better quality.


Ooh, the Gray Specter of Infection! It sounds like a good plot for a horror movie. *g*

(Though to be fair, in the days before antibiotics getting an infected foot was potentially much more dangerous than now. OTOH, I wonder how many people were actually killed trying to get rid of a corn!)
In 1924 President Coolidge's 16 yo son was in a hurry to play tennis. He changed his shoes, but didn't take the time to put on socks. He got a blister, it got infected, and he was dead in a week. Infection was a serious risk in those days.