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sunday 6/22 ny times article on barbicide




for those of you still interested in this issue, the metro section of the
sunday ny times carried a front page article on the 50th anniversary of the
invention of barbicide in brooklyn.  relevant facts:

18,000 gallons produced/month, still in brooklyn
currently expanding sales in europe, asia, and south america
barbicide is an ammonium compound also used in drilling muds
the glass jars used for the product also hold straws in restaurants
the inventor hated barbers so he called his invention "barbicide"
lobbying in state capitals mandated the product's use
the smithsonian now contains a jar of barbicide (a barbershop quartet sang
at the 6/20 smithsonian ceremony)


Lois N. Epstein, P.E.
Environmental Defense Fund (Washington, DC)
Lois_Epstein@edf.org