General view of bales of cotton linters (short fiber residues left on the cottonseed after the longer staple, aka the "lint" fibers, are removed by ginning) in storage at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Hopewell, Virginia. The employee operating the lift truck is identified as Timothy R. Curley. At the Hopewell plant, raw cotton linters were used to produce so-called "chemical cotton," which is commonly used for the manufacture of cellulose ethers.
Formed in 1912 as part of an anti-trust settlement with DuPont, the Hercules Powder Company (later Hercules Inc.) initially specialized in the manufacture of explosives and smokeless powders and subsequently diversified its business to encompass a variety of industrial products, including pine and paper chemicals, synthetics, pigments, polymers, and cellulose.
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Hercules Incorporated. “Storage of Cotton Linters at Hercules Hopewell Plant,” 1951. Photographs from the Records & Ephemera of Hercules Incorporated, Box 1, Folder 36. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/zg64tm64h.
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