National Geographic : 1918 Nov
Fi n Thusaad Mesof Dynamite T HE length of the average stick of dynamite is eight inches. Small as they are these eight inch sticks of con centrated force play an important part in the industrial work of the Nation. Every year the Hercules Powder Co. is called upon to furnish enough of them to form a dynamite chain fifteen thousand miles long. Such a chain, the sticks laid end to end, would extend two-thirds of the way around the globe. It could be laid along the ocean routes from New York to Pernambuco; from the latter to Cape Town; then to London via Madeira with a few hundred miles to spare. This yearly chain of Hercules Dynamite is of more im portance to you personally than perhaps you realize. It is linked with a majority of your daily activities, both work and play. Suppose metals were today mined laboriously by hand. Unless you are a millionaire you would have in your home no electric light or gas, no telephone, no kitchen range. Steam or hot water heat would probably be out of the question. You would not own an automobile Why, one-hundred years ago even a brass door-knob was a sign of wealth. It is largely to the power of dynamite that we owe the abundance of most of our modern conveniences. So the next time you see one of these eight inch sticks in its yellow wrapper look upon it with respect-not only on account of its power but also because of the service it renders you. IHERICULES POWDER, CO. Chicago Hazleton, Pa. Pittsburg, Kan. Denver Memphis Pittsburgh, Pa. Joplin New York Salt Lake City St. Louis San Francisco Wilmington, Del. HERCULES POWDER CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."