Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company / Miss America Collection

About this collection

Joseph Bancroft, an Englishman trained in textile weaving in Lancashire, established his own cotton mill on the Brandywine near Wilmington, Delaware in 1831. The firm was incorporated as the Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company in 1889. The collection consists of general advertising, fashion photography, and product information for "Ban-Lon" and "Everglaze" -- synthetic fibers produced and marketed by Bancroft in the 20th century. In particular, the collection documents the Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company's sponsorship of the Miss America Pageant and the promotion of fabrics by Miss America from the years 1953 to 1967. For a detailed description of Bancroft collections, click here to view finding aids.

    Image: 1961 Ban-Lon fashions. Click to view.

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Railroad tracks and Bancroft mill buildings along Brandywine Creek
Mill buildings are part of either the Rockford or Kentmere departments of Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
George Wilde house near Rockford Gate (Wilmington, Del.)
Built 1840 for J. Morton Poole (brother of Sarah Poole Bancroft). Occupied in 1862 by Andrew Wilde, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Frame house of Wilmington plant employees (Wilmington, Del.)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
McGonigle house at Kentmere Road and the Alley (Wilmington, Del.)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
McGonigle house at Kentmere Road and the Alley (Wilmington, Del.)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Row of workers' frame houses on St. Helena Road (Wilmington, Del.)
Written on verso: 'Removed to make way for settling tanks. (About 1900).', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Stone and brick workers' housing on Kentmere Road (Wilmington, Del.)
Written on verso: '(Torn down)', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Multiple story frame workers' housing on Kentmere Road (Wilmington, Del.)
Located on portion of road known as the Alley. Written on verso: '(Torn down)', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Frame workers' housing on Mill Road (Wilmington, Del.)
Written on verso: 'Torn Down', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Frame workers' housing on Mill Road near gate of Kentmere Mills (Wilmington, Del.)
Written on verso: '(torn down) (Stanley Handlin)', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Mill Road single gable frame house of Larry Jamison (Wilmington, Del.)
Written on verso: 'Only house left', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Stone and brick worker housing on Kentmere Road leading to quarry (Wilmington, Del.)
Written on verso: '(torn down)', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Riddle Avenue at Riddle Chapel (Wilmington, Del.)
Chapel is visible behind the trees on the left side of the image., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Worker housing on Riddle Avenue across from Riddle Chapel (Wilmington, Del.)
The sign posted to a tree in the center of the image is advertising Young's Ice Cream., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Woman and children outside stone workers' housing units (Wilmington, Del.)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Joy Road row of brick workers' housing with street power lines (Wilmington, Del.)
Photograph taken from site of newly constructed Research Boulevard., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Workers' housing on Rockford Road (Wilmington, Del.)
Written on verso: '5-7 Rfd Rd.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Dining room at Rockford Hall, male employees' boarding house (Wilmington, Del.)
Written on verso: '#9 Rockford Road - Now Everfast Mill End Store', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Stone and brick workers' housing on Kentmere Road (Wilmington, Del.)
Written on verso: '(torn down - Brown Bld)', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Worker housing running along east side of Rockford Road (Wilmington, Del.)
Power lines are visible running along the street. Written on verso: '(New Research Bld. built on site below first two houses.)', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Albert Roberts next to the first truck owned by Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co.
Written on verso: 'Albert Roberts - First Auto Truck - JB & SG', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Albert Roberts at steering wheel of the first truck owned by Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co.
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Ring spinning textile machinery at Joseph Bancroft and Sons Co. (Wilmington, Del.)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Ring spinning textile machinery at Joseph Bancroft and Sons Co. (Wilmington, Del.)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Ring spinning textile machinery at Joseph Bancroft and Sons Co. (Wilmington, Del.)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Joseph Bancroft & Sons Co. photographs (Accession 1969.025), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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