Booklet, 'a Tale Of Two Flies'
Booklet, 'a Tale Of Two Flies'


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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Booklet, 'a Tale Of Two Flies'

Identifier:
1993.95.5
Description:
Rectangular side opening two page booklet advertising 'Tanglefoot' flypaper in poetry form. Titled 'A Tale of Two Flies' the cover shows a child with a fly sitting on his finger. Inside on both pages is a poem. The back cover shows an illustration of a fly.;ACCEPT RELEVANCE: The company, founded in 1886 by Otto & William Thum in their father's drugstore, has been in continual existence in GR since its inception. Due to its success, the word 'Tanglefoot' became synonymous with flypaper in the 1920s. The relevance of the collection is that it documents a GR company for over 100 years of service. OTHER COLLECTIONS: We already have some Tanglefoot advertising and products in the collection. Primarily, they are of a later date than the offered items. KANDL01;USA: Michigan, Grand Rapids. The items in this donation were kept by the Tanglefoot Co. in their vault.. KANDL01;USA: Michigan, Grand Rapids. The items in this donation were kept by the Tanglefoot Co. in their vault.. The items in this donation were kept by the Tanglefoot Co. in their vault..
Date:
1890 – 1910
Materials:
Paper
Dimensions:
5.25" h 3.25" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Tanglefoot Company
Rights:

Makers/Donors
The O And W Thum Company

Tanglefoot Company
Founded in 1885 in Grand Rapids by William Thum, a Pharmacist.  Originally a manufacturer of fly-paper with a patented sticky adhesive.  The company also manufactured and sold tanglefoot, an adhesive for use on trees to prevent pest damage.

William Thum founded the business that became Tanglefoot in 1885. They developed an adhesive using castor oil, resins and wax. The blend didn't soak through the paper backing, and lasted longer than its competition. The Thums patented the design in 1887, launched a plant in Grand Rapids, and soon were shipping fly paper around the world. 

As pesticides and lower insect numbers reduce the demand for fly paper, the company's primary product, it shifted towards devlopping green gardening products.  In recent years this has allowed the company to see some resurgence as the organic market has expanded.

 

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