Explosives Shipping Crate

Description (Brief)
This shipping crate side originally contained Hercules brand explosives powder. The Hercules Powder Company was spun off of the Dupont Corporation in 1912 as a result of the federal antitrust case. Hercules Powder was well known for its production of smokeless powders, and manufactured the powder for a variety of ammunitions. There is an illustration of the mythical character of Hercules on the crate side, with his iconographic club and lion skin.
Currently not on view
Object Name
crate label
referenced business
Hercules Powder Company
Physical Description
ink (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 9 in x 12 in; 22.86 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
L.E. Leininger

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