Silent footage from 1923 of a USAS plane dropping a ‘curtain’ of titanium tetrachloride creating a hanging curtain of opaque gases to conceal ships.

This is where the phrase originates.

The technique would go on to be used in WW2.


1 thought on “Smoke Screen

  1. Gabby

    Figurative smokescreens are a different matter. They are employed by political advisors and public relations companies. They can be figuratively toxic whenever they pollute truth & credibility in the public square.

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