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Photo, Print, Drawing Toxic wastes / Herblock.

[ digital file from original drawing ]

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About this Item


  • Toxic wastes / Herblock.


  • Editorial cartoon shows a steel drum as a bomb labeled "Toxic Wastes" mostly buried in the ground, but showing a burning fuse in an exposed portion; nearby children and families are playing on a playground at a school, church, or other public facility.


  • Block, Herbert, 1909-2001, artist

Created / Published

  • 1985 December 15.


  • -  United States.--Environmental Protection Agency
  • -  United States.--Congress
  • -  Environmental policy--1980-1990
  • -  Government regulation--1980-1990
  • -  Refuse disposal--1980-1990
  • -  Hazardous wastes--1980-1990
  • -  Playgrounds--1980-1990
  • -  Children--Health & welfare--1980-1990
  • -  Schools--1980-1990
  • -  Churches--1980-1990
  • -  Bombs--1980-1990
  • -  Dumps--1980-1990


  • Drawings--American--1980-1990.
  • Editorial cartoons--American--1980-1990.


  • Editorial cartoons--American--1980-1990
  • Drawings--American--1980-1990


  • -  Caption from Down to Earth: Toxic Waste. Herblock often used a ticking bomb, this time in the form of a barrel of chemicals under a playground, to depict the hazards of toxic waste dumping. In 1985, the Environmental Protection Agency identified 403 highly toxic chemicals used in industrial production and increased regulations controlling toxic waste dumps. Researchers who studied the effects of toxic waste spills found them especially detrimental to children, who absorbed the toxins through breast milk, food, and water.
  • -  Title from item.
  • -  Signed "Herblock" lower right.
  • -  Published in the Washington Post, December 15, 1985.
  • -  Copyright, 1985, by Herblock.
  • -  Forms part of: Herbert L. Block collection (Library of Congress).


  • 1 drawing : black pencil, India ink, porous point pen, with opaque white over blue pencil underdrawing ; 56 x 38.1 cm (sheet)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • BLOCK, no. 11166 (BB size) [P&P]

Source Collection

  • Block, Herbert, 1909-2001. Herbert L. Block collection (Library of Congress)


  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Digital Id

  • hlb 11166 //

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2012647266

Reproduction Number

  • LC-DIG-hlb-11166 (digital file from original drawing)

Rights Advisory

Online Format

  • image

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  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-hlb-11166 (digital file from original drawing)
  • Call Number: BLOCK, no. 11166 (BB size) [P&P]
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Chicago citation style:

Block, Herbert, Artist. Toxic wastes / Herblock. , 1985. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Block, H. (1985) Toxic wastes / Herblock. , 1985. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Block, Herbert, Artist. Toxic wastes / Herblock. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.