Print advertisement for toxaphene produced by Hercules Powder Company depicts a basket full of cotton with a portion shaded reading "average reduction cotton acreage for 1950." Accompanying paragraph's tagline reads "More cotton per acre through insect control" discussing how the use of toxaphene will kill common cotton insects therefore increasing yields.
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. “Why Lose on Cotton Acreage Cuts?” 1950 Hercules Advertisements, 1950. Records of Hercules Incorporated, Volume 1950. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/jq085k705.
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