Color print advertisement for Hercules CMC-CT, unpurified cellulose gum manufactured and sold by Hercules Powder Company for use in detergent products. The advertisement shows a uniformed woman arranging linens on a bed. The accompanying text describes the use of Hercules CMC-CT for linen sizing "in hospitals, hotels and other institutions." Here, "sizing" refers to a solution applied to textiles to create soil resistance, add body to the fabric and facilitate ironing. This advertisement appeared in Laundry Age.
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. “For Uniform Whiteness...” 1951 Hercules Advertisements, 1951. Records of Hercules Incorporated, Volume 1951. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/rqodoff.
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