Nov 09-14

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2014: November: Nov 09-14
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 09:53 am:

One of the first Pasty Cameos we produced back in 2008 was about the Atlas Powder Company, with photos and narrative from Bill Haller. Every now and then, new pictures come to our attention, related to that mining explosive operation. It would be interesting to know if the packaging was handled as delicately as the first picture suggests.

The second scan is a brochure from back in the day, when a well placed stick of dynamite would be quite a labor saving alternative for removing those unsightly stumps. Just a little lesson in power farming.

If the link to the Pasty Cameo above does not render for you (such as on an iPad), try this one to see Atlas Powder Company. We have been converting our flash slideshows to video, courtesy of Facebook, to play on all platforms. This includes our Day in History, as well as Pasty Cameos.

It's a lovely day in the Copper Country. Hope it's as sunny and bright where you live. Have a good week :o)

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:37 am:

Probably was handled delicately, Charlie, but I have my doubts that a beautiful lady in a frilly blue dress was the packer.;>
Yep, it's sunny and bright in Bethel, OH, but cold!

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 10:43 am:

My first question is where is that mural? That is a beautiful picture and I have heard of women who packed explosives at the DuPont Powder mill in Delaware back in the day. Although, that begs another question; how much of a headache did she have by the end of the day? ;-)

I'm not sure about the last photo though; I can almost picture the scene from Caddyshack with Bill Murray attempting to eradicate the gopher from the golf course.......

By laurh (Keeweewannabee) on Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 12:00 pm:

Capt. Paul, I was having the exact same thought about that second picture! Could hear Bill Murray muttering a little.... Love this old art! Each conveys the intended message clearly and without being obnoxious and loud! To my way of thinking that's great advertising! Beautiful graphics.

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 12:58 pm:

Back in the "good old days" when just about anyone could buy explosives; before the era of "Homeland Security".

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 01:18 pm:

In the 'good old days' we used to play with mercury (coating coins, etc) in high school chemistry 60 years later we're told it'll kill us.:-/

By Mr. Bill (Mrbill) on Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 04:25 pm:

One "headache" the women had at the Tamaqua Atlas plant where blasting caps were made, were were the daily inspections to insure that NO LACE or NYLON undergarments (capable of static electric spark) were worn.

Also, production stopped and the building was evacuated during lightening storms, again due to static discharges ...

By Tim Collins (Timc) on Monday, November 10, 2014 - 07:29 pm:

Here's a relic from the Atlas Powder plant.

By Tim Collins (Timc) on Monday, November 10, 2014 - 07:33 pm:

Here's a relic from the Atlas Powder plant.

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