National Geographic : 1923 Dec
Lead takes part in many games EAD whistles back and forth in every play on the baseball diamond. It is at the bottom of every football scrimmage. It leaps back and forth across the tennis net. Lead influences every stroke the golfer takes, and is the fisherman's helper in making his catch. How lead gets into these sports Wherever toughness is required in rubber, lead is added to it. Thus lead in the form of litharge or red-lead, that other lead oxide-is in the rubber core which is in every high-grade baseball. It helps to make the rubber bladders of footballs and basketballs, and is in tennis and other rubber balls. Lead is also in many baseball bats and in the heads of wooden golf clubs, because it adds weight and helps to balance them. Pulverized lead is used in some golf balls to give them the necessary weight. Lead helps the fisherman Lead sinkers are used in fishing to carry the hook down to the desired depth. The heavy weight of lead for its bulk makes it the proper metal to use. And it will not rust. This metal often covers the shanks of fish-hooks and weights down large fishing nets. Lead in the nursery The little boy's eyes shine with excitement as he takes his new lead soldiers out of the box on Christmas Day. Made of lead, they will not rust or mold as did the toy soldier of Field's "Little Boy Blue." His sister peacefully plays with her new dolls with their lead-weighted eyes and her miniature furniture and other toys often made of lead. Toy - makers use lead extensively be v"- w cause it can be easily shaped and moulded into many forms. Lead for preservation Despite the widespread use of lead in the sport and play of the world, perhaps it is in preserving and beautifying buildings, inside and out, that lead performs its most useful service. Dryness and de cay deface and destroy. But white-lead paint pro tects from the ravages of weather. It is false economy to put off painting houses until deterioration makes expensive repairs neces sary. Hence, property owners are heeding the warning, "Save the surface and you save all." The professional painter, careful of his reputa tion, uses what he calls "lead-in-oil," a mixture of pure white-lead and pure linseed oil, for outside work. He uses white-lead and flatting oil, with coloring matter added, to make a smooth, beautiful paint of any color, for interior work. Look for the Dutch Boy NATIONAL LEAD COMPANY makes white-lead of the highest quality and sells it, mixed with pure lin seed oil, under the name and trade mark of Dutch Boy white-lead. The figure of the Dutch Boy is 1 reproduced on every keg of white lead and is a guarantee of excep tional purity. Dutch Boy products also include red-lead, linseed oil, flatting oil, babbitt metals, and solder. More about lead If you use lead, or think you might use it in any form, write to us for specific information. NATIONAL LEAD COMPANY New York. 111 Broadway; Boston. 131 State St.; Buffalo, 116 Oak St.; Chicago, 900 West 18th St.; Cincinnati. 659 Freeman Ave.; Cleveland, 820 West Superior Ave.; St. Louis, 722 Chestnut St.; San Francisco. 485 California St.: Pittsburgh, National Lead & Oil Co. of Pa., 316 Fourth Ave.; Philadelphia, John T. Lewis & Bros. Co., 437 Chestnut St.