Elizabeth Booth Using Hydraulic Press at Hercules Pilot Plant

Hercules Incorporated1945-03

Science History Institute

Science History Institute
Philadelphia, United States

General view of employee Elizabeth Booth operating a hydraulic press in the Viscose Laboratory at a Hercules Powder Company pilot plant in Hopewell, Virginia. Several stacks of viscose, a semi-synthetic fiber, are visible inside the press.

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.


  • Title: Elizabeth Booth Using Hydraulic Press at Hercules Pilot Plant
  • Creator: Hercules Incorporated
  • Date Created: 1945-03
  • Location Created: Hopwell, Virginia, USA
  • Provenance: Science History Institute
  • Rights: Public Domain Mark 1.0, No Known Copyright
  • External Link: View our DIgital Collections

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