General view of employees Harold Struber (left) and Raymond Leahy operating a wire-cutting and stripping machine at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Port Ewen, New York. During the production of electric blasting caps, copper, enamel, and iron wire was insulated with cotton yarn and, as visible into the photograph, wound onto spools before being cut to size.
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. During World War II, the company's Port Ewen plant produced a range of special detonators designed for military use.
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Hercules Incorporated. “Harold Struber and Raymond Leahy Operating Wire-Cutting and Stripping Machine at Hercules Port Ewen Plant,” March 1945. Photographs from the Records & Ephemera of Hercules Incorporated, Box 2, Folder 36. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/xw42n853c.
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Harold Struber and Raymond Leahy operating wire-cutting and stripping machine at Hercules Port Ewen plant
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