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Object ID 000868

Object Name El Vampiro insecticide

Object Desc Two identical tear drop shaped yellow cardboard box with blue lettering. Box contains insecticide which kills bugs. Box acts as a bellows when hole is punched on one end.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000785a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Pest Control


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hardware Store

Object Date 1920

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords insects,pesticide,insecticide,Allaire Woodword & Co,boxes,poison,

Title El Vampiro insecticide

Description Two identical yellow cardboard teardrop shaped box with blue lettering. El Vampiro is for use on vegetables grown in home, farm, community and victory gardens for controls of pests. To use, consumers would punch a hole on one end with a nail. When the nail was removed a hole would remain. The box would be squeezed and the powdered insecticide would be dispensed. This was called the "handy bellows box." Powder claimed to kill bugs when it comes in contact with their pores. Sides of box are printed with the phrase SWAT THAT FLY. Also have graphic of a hand pointing to a dot and the words "Punch hole here." Design patented July 15th, 1919.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1

Length 3.75

Width 2.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 2



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Allaire Woodward & Co.

Maker Details Business began in 1873 in Peoria, Illinois. They manufactured fluid and solid medical extracts, sugar coated pills, and grind, powder, and press all kinds of staple Botanic drugs. Their products were shipped to Europe, Australia and to every State and Territory in the Union.

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Image Caption CMY785a-b



Date JUL 22,2013

Summary Very Good

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes CMY785a has some edge wear and fading. CMY785b has edge damage and blue printing is much lighter. Both contain original contents and have never been used/opened.