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Bill Hewlett Engineering for Victory
Bill Hewlett spent most of the war in the Army Aviation Ordnance department, an area where his engineering skill could be put to use. In 1945, however, he was part of a small team that travelled to Ja ...
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Buying Boonton: An HP Acquisition
Hewlett-Packard acquired the Boonton Radio Corporation in 1959. The company made high-end precision instruments for electronics testing. The company’s oldest instrument was the Q-Meter, first introduc ...
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Caroline Kusske: A Winding Wiz
Caroline Kusske soldered a connection on a 400A range switch, a winding machine built in the company shops. Kusske retired in 1960 after more than 16 years at Hewlett-Packard Company. “Caroline helped ...
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Celebrate: HP Christmas Party 1945
Just six years after Hewlett-Packard began in a garage, Dave Packard was addressing a good-sized crowd at the company’s annual Christmas party. Hewlett-Packard had around 200 employees by this point. ...
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Company Celebrations at HP
Company celebrations were a common occurrence at Hewlett-Packard by the mid-twentieth century. Both company celebrations and informal employee events exhibited a certain flair in their execution.
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Dialing in an Early Victory: HP 205A
The 205A, seen here being tested by Dave Packard, was higher power than the company’s original 200A oscillator. With the demand for radio equipment soon to come from World War II, it was perhaps Hewle ...
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Diversity at Play: Willard Jones
HP’s extracurricular activities helped to fuel a general atmosphere of diversity and inclusion at the company. Willard Jones, the company’ earliest-known Black employee, was a member of the company’s ...
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Expanding the Catalog: HP 320AR
Building on the success of Hewlett-Packard’s oscillator line, the 320AR distortion analyzer offered a simple and convenient instrument for studying and measuring the harmonic distortion in audio frequ ...
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Flora Hewlett’s Role In HP Growth
Like Lu Packard (left), Flora Hewlett (center) played an informal but pivotal role in HP’s success. A Berkeley-educated biochemist, her work as an editor for the Annual Review of Biochemistry provided ...
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Gladys Anenson: HP’s First Female Machinist
Gladys Anenson was Hewlett-Packard Company’s first female machinist and department supervisor. She arrived at the company in 1943, starting with a brief stint assembling small parts. Impressed by her ...