Print advertisement for toxaphene produced by Hercules Powder Company features a photograph of a dead boll weevil killed by toxaphene. A paragraph describes how the use of toxaphene will increase yields by killing insect infestations. The bottom of the ad is a tear-away coupon for a booklet on cotton insects. This advertisement appeared in Cotton Gin & Oil Mill Press, Acco Press, Oil Mill Gazetteer, Cotton Trade Journal, Progressive Farmer, Farm & Ranch with Southern Agriculturist and Arkansas Farmer.
Originally trademarked by the Hercules Powder Company, Toxaphene was a synthetic organic insecticide toxicant primarily used in agricultural insecticides.
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.
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Hercules Incorporated. “Toxaphene Kills Weevils and Other Cotton Pests.” 1950 Hercules Advertisements, 1950. Records of Hercules Incorporated, Volume 1950. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/j6731460j.
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