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    Scarce Vulcan Blasting Powder "The Powder for the Miner" Promotional Brochure, Circa 1880. 5.75" x 9", sixteen pages, printed wraps. Issued by the Vulcan Powder Company, San Francisco, California. The Vulcan Powder Company was one of California's earliest and most important producers of explosives and a major supplier of explosives to mining concerns throughout the West. Separate sections in the brochure detail their product's strength, uniformity, safety, freedom from fumes, and pricing. The brochure also includes many testimonials from mining superintendents from across the West. Typical of them is this extract from an 1879 letter written by J. J. Mooney, superintendent of the Savage Mining Company in Virginia City, Nevada: "I have got through using Giant Powder [a competitor]. If I had used 'Vulcan Powder' from the commencement I would have made thirty or forty feet more...". The inside front cover has a detailed advertisement with price list for California's premier assayer, Thomas Price of San Francisco. An exhaustive search has failed to locate a past sales record for this scarce brochure. The wraps are modestly soiled, otherwise the brochure is in fine condition.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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