General view of two employees cutting and bundling wires during the assembly of electric blasting caps at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Port Ewen, New York. The individuals in the photograph are identified as Harold Struber (background) and Art Slater (foreground).
Formed in 1912 as part of an anti-trust settlement with DuPont, the Hercules Powder Company (later Hercules Inc.) specialized in the manufacture of explosives and smokeless powders. The company's Port Ewen plant produced a range of special detonators designed for military use, as well as construction jobs that required blasts of dynamite, such as the clearing of quarries, mines, and tunnels.
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Hercules Incorporated. “Wire-Cutting Table at Hercules Port Ewen Plant,” 1954. Photographs from the Records & Ephemera of Hercules Incorporated, Box 2, Folder 37. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/dz010q69r.
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