Flypaper Shipping Crate

Description (Brief)
This shipping crate, imprinted Tanglefoot Flypaper Company, originally contained 5 boxes of 250 double sheets. Tanglefoot was manufactured by the O&W Thum Company, founded in 1885. Tanglefoot was exceptionally popular because the company’s formula of castor oil, resins, and wax did not soak through the paper and stayed sticky long enough for it to be stocked on store shelves. Previously, the adhesive had to be applied to the paper when it was sold.
Currently not on view
Object Name
crate label
referenced business
Physical Description
paper (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 5 1/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 13.335 cm x 23.495 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Crate Labels
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
L.E. Leininger

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