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Save Waste Fats for Explosives
Save Waste Fats for Explosives
Resource Typeimage
TitleSave Waste Fats for Explosives
Coverage / Year1943
DescriptionPoster, color, 20 x 28 in., published by the United States Government Printing Office
InterpretationAs part of the war effort, housewives were encouraged to save all used cooking fats and turn them in to their local butcher. The fact that extra ration stamps for food could be earned by doing this was a great incentive. These fats were then used to make explosives. One pound of fat contained enough glycerin to make nearly a pound of explosives. Glycerin is used in the manufacture of nitroglycerin, dynamite, blasting gelatin, and smokeless powders (Cordite and Ballestite). Until 1948 all glycerin was made primarily from animal fats by hydrolyzing the fat with an alkali, to form a soap and glycerol.
Lesson Plans / ThemesWorld War II;
Learning Standards14 Political systems; 16 History;
Author or CreatorUnited States. Office of War Information; Koerner, Henry, 1915-1991 [artist]
Subject / KeywordsSalvage (Waste, etc.)--United States ; World War, 1939-1945--Equipment and supplies--United States ; War posters, American ; World War II
Collection PublisherIllinois State Library;
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Resource Identifierww20008p
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