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Women packing dynamite cartridges, 1888

Women packing dynamite cartridges, 1888

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27.7 x 27.2 cm ⏐ 10.9 x 10.7 in (300dpi)

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ANN RONAN PICTURE LIBRARY / HERITAGE IMAGES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ANN RONAN PICTURE LIBRARY / HERITAGE IMAGES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Women packing dynamite cartridges, 1888. Explosives factory at Val Bormida, near Cengio, north-west Italy. Nitroglycerin was mixed with Kieselghur (a diatomaceous earth) to produce Dynamite. Patented by Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) in 1867. Dynamite is more a more stable high explosive than gunpowder and nitroglycerin and quickly gained popularity for blasting in mining, tunnelling and quarrying. A blasting cap was used to activate the Dynamite. From La Nature, Paris, 1888.

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