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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Presentation of first 'Minute Man' bond flags in Wilmington area
Written on verso: 'Front Row, left to right: Peter Demers, Timothy Horan, John Porter, William Brown, Arthur Wenhold, George White, Wm. ('Buff') Steptoe, Mason E. Turner, John Bancroft, Jr., ------- (Speaker), W. Ralph MacIntyre, John A. Torris, James L. Nauman, J. Albert Erisman, William Oram, Irvin Welch, Vincenzo Bove, Robert P. Alexander. Back Row, left to right: (Color guards) (Front) Dora Bunitsky, (Rear) Alice Price, Esther Connelly, Emma Cochran, Margaret McHugh, (Rear) Walter Golt, Helena Scott, Nina Merriggi, Harold Mayo, Theresa Anselme, Catherine Collins, Florence Young, Jean Saylor, Ann Gaino, Estella Farren, Mary McGonigle, Catherine Gallagher, Catherine Boyle, Anne Pyle, Mary Dougherty, Jane Dennison, Virginia Noll.'