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This picture was used for advertising "Dead Shot Powder", manufactured at the American Powder Mills. The print hung for many years in the office of the American Powder Mills.

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The corning mill is where the final product was ground into a suitable size for use as gun powder.

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This photo was taken during the dismantling of the wheel mill. Each of the wheels weighed 7 tons. The cross shaft and crown gear weighted 3 tons making a total of 17 tons. The large crown gear had wooden teeth to avoid the friction or sparking of…

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1st photo : Robert "Wink" McGarry. The nickname is attributed to the constant blinking of the eyes due to irritation from manufacturing process.

2nd photo: l to r Alvin Stone, Alfred Carey, "Wink" McGarry

3rd photo : l to r Alfred Carey ,…

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Photos of a restored American Powder Division truck seen at a show in 2011.

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First three photos are of the Powder Mills building surrounded by water from the flooded Assabet River.
The fourth photo is the Assabet River at the rear of the Middlesex Laundry near the Paper Mill (Waltham Street) Bridge. The last photo is the…

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Three photos with a view of the Powder Mills.

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The picture on the left was taken from Pine Hill on the north side of the Assabet River. A copy from a postcard. All the land along the river was considered good farm land.

The picture on the right is a house of the village, now 106 Powder Mill…

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see 1999.956 for information on the presentation and award.

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see 1999.956 for information on the presentation and award.

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top row: Harold J. Morgan, Rufus F. Burgess, Michael Murray & Fred Jones

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A certificate given to William Salo in recognition for his contributions "by effort and efficiency while an employee of this company in winning the Army-Navy Production Award for Excellence in War Production"

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The "E" or Excellence Award was given to plants for outstanding contribution to the war effort. About 5% of the plants in existence during WWII received the award.

Master of Ceremonies: Harold J. Morgan
Greetings of the Community: George A.…

The file contains various histories and papers related to the origin and operation of the Mills. It also contains newspaper clippings of the explosions that occurred over the years.

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Standing: William McGarry, Jack Carey
Seated: Lee Donahue

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1st photo: Smokeless Powder Mill - 1910 Jack Punch
2nd photo: Black Powder Mill - 1913 William McGarry

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The Powder Mills owned over 400 acres with the various mills separated on the property for safety reasons.

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The theme of the float was the "Cotton Club" with some of the musicians in blackface.