General view of a female employee operating an automatic precision-assembly station used during the manufacture of detonators and initiators at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Port Ewen, New York. The employee appears to trimming the ends of the wires used in the explosives devices manufactured at the plant.
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. “Automatic Precision-Assembly Station at Hercules Port Ewen Plant,” 1962. Photographs from the Records & Ephemera of Hercules Incorporated, Box 2, Folder 38. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/wp988k45j.
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