General view of female employees inserting bridged wires into loaded electric blasting caps at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Port Ewen, New York. The individuals visible in the photograph are identified as follows (left to right): Lillian Karageorge; Hazel Greenburg; Catherine Gakenheimer; Jane Kaminski; Regina Peterson; Ann Leahy; Margaret Cannon; Mabel Atkins; Marjorie Hamel; Edith Krum; and supervisor Tom Crosby.
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. “Filling Electric Blasting Caps 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/zw12z576b.
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