A while ago, I saw a friend post one of the most eye-catching things I’ve seen in a while… a booklet from DuPont circa 1910 entitled Farming With Dynamite.
You read that right.
Of all the things your mother told you to never do because they’re too dangerous, I bet this didn’t even make the list. It’s so crazy, I can’t believe anyone ever thought that this was a good idea.
First off, The use of quotes around the words “Red Cross” has me a little disturbed. More importantly though, page 11 states that you can write to them for free additional information. It speaks of the “Handbook of Explosives for Farmers, Planters, & Ranchers”. They state that it’s so valuable that they only send it out upon request. I request! It doesn’t say that the offer expires. So, why not write to them and ask for it?
Maybe it’ll illicit a chuckle. Maybe I’ll get an antique pamphlet. Maybe I’ll learn how to plant a few tomatoes with the aid of some dynamite.
Submitted to DuPont via Webform:
I recently found your “Farming With Dynamite: A Few Hints to Farmers” handbook online, and found the concept quite interesting. I hate shovels, and most power tools. I’d like to plant some tomatoes and maybe a squash vine in the back yard next year… and think that this dynamite could come in handy!
Page 11 of your booklet said to write for the “Handbook of Explosives for Farmers, Planters, & Ranchers”. I believe the book predates the used of zip codes, and wasn’t sure if snail mail would get to you at the provided “address”. So, I decided to search online. Plus. I’m lazy. I didn’t want to buy stamps, and get a cramp while writing a letter with a pen. See where this dynamite thing may come in handy when planting a garden?
Do you have a hand book of explosives for the casual gardener? I can try scale down the big stuff if need be. I’m sure my neighbors would appreciate some restraint.
What are your thoughts on using explosives to get rid of garden pests like rabbits, groundhogs, deer, and even (here in the city) rats?
At 56¢ average for stump removal in my area, I’m confident I can save time and money planting vegetables next year! Maybe I can do some carrots and bell peppers too?
I see that “Farming With Dynamite” was printed in 1910, have explosive farming techniques progressed much since then? I would like some literature on the latest blasting technology.
Does the “Red Cross” dynamite mentioned in your book have anything to do with the Relief/Aid organization, or is it just an unfortunate similarity? I hear 99¢ of each dollar donated goes to line the pockets of their CEO. Ridiculous.
I look forward to your thoughts and advice, I appreciate that you have offered this information at no cost. It shows that you are a company that cares about the common man!
Will I get a reply? I sure hope so.
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