Dead Horse Bay - quantity vs quality

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i made my first visit to Dead Horse Bay today. I doubt i will ever see so many bottles in one area. Unfortunately all of what i saw was "mid-century". But the milk glass and smalls alone would make the trip worthwhile. I am convinced that somewhere under it all there is old stuff just waiting to be found. And i guess the bottom line for me was that it was just fun to be able to look at that many bottles
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i made my first visit to Dead Horse Bay today. I doubt i will ever see so many bottles in one area. Unfortunately all of what i saw was "mid-century". But the milk glass and smalls alone would make the trip worthwhile. I am convinced that somewhere under it all there is old stuff just waiting to be found. And i guess the bottom line for me was that it was just fun to be able to look at that many bottles
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I should take a look over there. Never been to the place. How is the parking?
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i made my first visit to Dead Horse Bay today. I doubt i will ever see so many bottles in one area. Unfortunately all of what i saw was "mid-century". But the milk glass and smalls alone would make the trip worthwhile. I am convinced that somewhere under it all there is old stuff just waiting to be found. And i guess the bottom line for me was that it was just fun to be able to look at that many bottles
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I've wanted to visit it. People have found some cool stuff through all that modern junk. I've seen cool metal relics found too.
 

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I should take a look over there. Never been to the place. How is the parking?
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parking is at Floyd Bennet Field across Flatbush Ave. Not a problem at all but it is a 10-15 minute walk from parking to the beach. Look for the lady who has a gull as a pet and it follows her up and down the beach. If you do go, there are 3 trails in, the one on the right takes you to Bottle Beach
 

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Prime example of quantity over quantity. I have known about this location for awhile now. It really fascinates me. Those bottles are pretty much worthless, but could be used for artistic purposes with a touch of vintage history. Of course there are some very old bottles there, but they would be few and far between. I’m sure there is asbestos and lead everywhere there though. Really nasty.
 
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Prime example of quantity over quantity. I have known about this location for awhile now. It really fascinates me. Those bottles are pretty much worthless, but could be used for artistic purposes with a touch of vintage history. Of course there are some very old bottles there, but they would be few and far between. I’m sure there is asbestos and lead everywhere there though. Really nasty.
I wonder how much of a risk ocean-worn asbestos poses. I'm really hoping the answer is not very much, because I spent a lot of time as a kid playing on a similar beach that used to be a dump, only with more wave action that caused things to break down. I collected so much beach glass, worn ceramic, and worn pieces of these odd lightweight chalky tiles which I didn't know the name for...
 

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I wonder how much of a risk ocean-worn asbestos poses. I'm really hoping the answer is not very much, because I spent a lot of time as a kid playing on a similar beach that used to be a dump, only with more wave action that caused things to break down. I collected so much beach glass, worn ceramic, and worn pieces of these odd lightweight chalky tiles which I didn't know the name for...
Ingestion of asbestos is not harmful. Inhalation is when it becomes a problem. So, in a sense, asbestos in the ocean or wet shores isn’t really a problem since it cannot become airborne. Lead is definitely a problem though, ingestion & inhalation can both cause lead to enter the bloodstream. Although highly don’t suggest you go lick a old building with deteriorating paint, from my research, lead is mainly a problem for children 6 years and younger. The outrageous thing is, one or both of the materials (I can’t remember) were already found to be dangerous in the 1890s. Yet it would be some 90 more years until they were banned from consumer products ! Asbestos was used in all kinds of things from insulation, siding, clothes, to even fake snow. In the snowstorm scene in the Wizard Of The Oz, pure asbestos was used for the fake snow. Many other movies from the olden days used asbestos as snow too. Well for lead, a additive in most paints in the 20th century. Used in houses, toys, children’s books, etc... Asbestos can cause lung cancer, and lead can cause learning disabilities in children.
Here are some disturbing pictures.

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I think the story of lead and asbestos is really fascinating.​
 
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Ingestion of asbestos is not harmful. Inhalation is when it becomes a problem. So, in a sense, asbestos in the ocean or wet shores isn’t really a problem since it cannot become airborne. Lead is definitely a problem though, ingestion & inhalation can both cause lead to enter the bloodstream. Although highly don’t suggest you go lick a old building with deteriorating paint, from my research, lead is mainly a problem for children 6 years and younger. The outrageous thing is, one or both of the materials (I can’t remember) were already found to be dangerous in the 1890s. Yet it would be some 90 more years until they were banned from consumer products ! Asbestos was used in all kinds of things from insulation, siding, clothes, to even fake snow. In the snowstorm scene in the Wizard Of The Oz, pure asbestos was used for the fake snow. Many other movies from the olden days used asbestos as snow too. Well for lead, a additive in most paints in the 20th century. Used in houses, toys, children’s books, etc... Asbestos can cause lung cancer, and lead can cause learning disabilities in children.
Here are some disturbing pictures.

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I think the story of lead and asbestos is really fascinating.​
I'm not concerned about the wet asbestos pieces, what I'm not so sure about is all the dried-out pieces in the intertidal zone. And I have a very distinct memory of the bags of finds that we brought back from the beach containing at least a couple chunks of what I now realize was probably asbestos sheeting. Now that I think about it I also remember being a kid lying on the top bunk bed in our 70s house and kicking at the crumbly popcorn ceiling with my feet. I wonder how much asbestos was in that.
And yeah it's pretty incredible how long the companies got away with suppressing the knowledge that asbestos and lead were harmful. To me the most incredible part of the history of asbestos is that in the early 1950s, after the link between cigarettes and cancer first became widely known in the US, a lot of smokers switched to filtered Kent cigarettes because of the perceived health benefits - except that the filters were made of crocidolite, an unusual type of asbestos so much deadlier than the standard chrysotile that it's treated more like radioactive waste than like typical asbestos. The town in Australia where they mined it was evacuated and demolished by the government, and houses found to be insulated with it are bought by the government and bulldozed rather than remediated. Since asbestos and cigarette smoke in combination are more carcinogenic than the sum of each in isolation, it wouldn't surprise me if the original Kent cigarettes are the most toxic product ever sold.
Canada was still producing asbestos until just a few years ago actually. We'd banned it for almost all purposes domestically decades ago, but still mined it to sell to developing countries until the Parti Quebecois got elected and permanently shut down the Quebec mines back in 2012 (the previous provincial government had planned to lend money to reopen them after a temporary closure). Up until then the feds had strongly supported it too, with the prime minister infamously defending the asbestos industry in Parliament while having all the asbestos removed from the building over safety concerns.
 

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