Print advertisement for toxaphene produced by the Hercules Powder Company depicts rows of cotton fields with an inset paragraph listing the pests toxaphene is effective in controlling. This advertisement appeared in Cotton Gin & Oil Mill Press.
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. “More Cotton Farmers Used Toxaphene This Year than Ever before...” 1950 Hercules Advertisements, 1950. Records of Hercules Incorporated, Volume 1950. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/v979v408s.
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