When I began writing this I thought it was a lighthearted fluff piece about old electronics and their versatility to hold up through the ages.. None-the-less, the 'skeleton' I am referring to happens to be a JC Penny 1200 Pro model hairdryer circa 1979. I wish so very much I could write the same article I had began with; but I now sit here quite terrified from the research I have done. Let this be a very important warning for individuals of all ages.
Myself, at 26, was not even around when this dryer was made, or recalled. That's right, recalled for speculation that it had been made with asbestos infused insulation. A material now banned from American manufacturing in commercial products, known for it's direct link to Mesothelioma and other tissue (particularly lung) related cancers. A dryer I have been using for several years on and off. It should be no surprise that, with time, materials deteriorate, and any asbestos within this product is likely compromised to the point of aeration; inside a product that is intended to circulate and blow air. This is very scary, especially since most cases of asbestos caused illness do not even manifest symptoms for 20-40 years, and often go undiagnosed, mistaken for other illness'.
I have a handful of current health concerns, and while I am not a hypochondriac, it hard not to wonder if possible exposure through childhood aren't factors. Even scarier, tests are quite limited, and once exposure is known there is little that can be done outside of invasive tests and samples, along with monitoring. Don't have a 20 year old hair dryer in your home? There is reason to believe you should be concerned still. Many major appliance manufacturers have moved their operations overseas, where operations and materials are subject to less stringent inspections and scrutiny. Even modern hairdryers and appliances may contain this material known to cause serious illness. Know your products and protect your family- and please, if you have any old hair dryers or appliances, do a quick Google search for recalls!