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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Horse-drawn car for Chester Street Railway (Reading, Pa.)
[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
Bowling Billiards shop front (Eddystone, Pa.)
[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
Laying street and sewer pipes near Fourth Street Bridge (Eddystone, Pa.)
[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
Laying street and sewer pipes (Eddystone, Pa.)
[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
Laying street and sewer pipes at the intersection of Ninth Street and Eddystone Avenue (Eddystone, Pa.)
[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
Laying street and sewer pipes (Eddystone, Pa.)
[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
Laying street and sewer pipes (Eddystone, Pa.)
[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
Laying street and sewer pipes (Eddystone, Pa.)
[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
Laying street and sewer pipes (Eddystone, Pa.)
[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