History of the Explosives Industry in America, Rare Mining Reference Book [129548]

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History of the Explosives Industry in America, Rare Mining Reference Book  [129548]
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History of the Explosives Industry in America by Van Gelder and Schlatter, copyright 1927. Although, this is a later day reprint of this classic reference, it still is extremely rare. This is the pre-eminant reference for the explosives and powder industry in America dating back to the colonial days in America. All of the famous companies are here including Giant Powder, Judson, DuPont, Atlas, Hercules, and California Powder Works. The inventors are highlighted including Alfred Nobel and Judson, along with the consolidations of the industry and underhanded business strategies. Dupont was especially ruthless, as they bought most of the floating shares in Vigorit Powder Company in the open market, just to shut it down to escape competition. The various explosions the Giant Powder Company endured at their different Bay Area locations is fascinating reading. They finally had to move to the east bay to get away from the dense population. This is great information you will not find elsewhere. This huge book is 1132 pages including the index. Any powder company you can think of is listed and discussed in this book. Nice, tightly bound hardbound copy. A little smudging on the page edges, otherwise VF. A search of the online book sites showed no copies of this available, other than a higher priced first edition. Very rare.

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