Aluminum: The choice of presidents
Napoleon III, the first President of the French Republic, served his state dinners on aluminum plates. Rank-and-file guests were served on dishes made with gold or silver.
The Great Depression set the stage
The WPA hydroelectric projects started during the Great Depression were key to developing the electrical capacity needed for industrial-class aluminum production.
1935: The Aluminum Association is founded
In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act, asking industries to establish guidelines for fair competition. The Aluminum Association’s first meeting was held in October 1935, in New York City.
Aluminum goes to the moon
Manned flight was made possible by aluminum. From the Wright brothers through Sputnik, to the Apollo Space Program and beyond, aluminum was essential for major advances in aerospace technology and accomplishment.