Three-page brochure advertising toxicants, including Thanite and Thanasol, manufactured and sold by the Hercules Powder Company for use in the manufacture of household insecticide sprays. Formed in 1912 as part of an anti-trust settlement with DuPont, the Hercules Powder Company (later Hercules Inc.) initially specialized in the manufacture of explosives and smokeless powders and subsequently diversified its business to encompass a variety of industrial products, including pine and paper chemicals, synthetics, pigments, polymers, and cellulose.
Hercules Incorporated. “2,400,000 People Read About Thanite in July.” 1946 Hercules Advertisements, 1946. Records of Hercules Incorporated, Volume 1946. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/br86b445d.
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