Flypaper Shipping Crate

Description (Brief)
This flypaper shipping crate is imprinted with the name of the Tanglefoot Flypaper Company, “The sanitary fly destroyer, non-poisonous.” Tanglefoot was manufactured by the O&W Thum Company, founded in 1885. Tanglefoot was exceptionally successful because the company’s formula of castor oil, resins, and wax did not soak through the paper and stayed sticky long enough to be stocked on store shelves. Previously, the adhesive had to be applied at the store while the costumer waited.
Currently not on view
Object Name
crate label
referenced business
Physical Description
ink (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 5 1/2 in x 15 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 39.37 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
L.E. Leininger

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