DuPont Product Information photographs

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In 1952, the DuPont Company created the Product Information section within the Public Relations department. Its function was to produce new releases with photographs about DuPont and its products for indirect publicity and advertising purposes. Most of the photographs were taken from the 1930s through the 1950s. This collection has not been digitized in its entirety. For a detailed description of the entire collection, click here to view the finding aid.

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Loading a mixer for roller mill grinding in the manufacture of paint at the Philadelphia Plant of the DuPont Company
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Building the pipeline in the Susquehanna River near Marietta, Pennsylvania
This scene shows part of the loading of large cartridges of DuPont 60% gelatin dynamite in the Susquehanna River near Marietta, Pennsylvania. The cartridges were five inches in diameter, 24 inches long and weighed 25 pounds each. The illustration shows a dynamite cartridge being loaded through one of the steel tubes causing the drill holes. In all, approximately 16,000 pounds of dynamite were placed in drill holes in the bottom of the river for this one shot which was to blast a trench to lay Big Inch, the worlds largest pipe line, which is being rushed from the Midwest to its Eastern terminus for the purpose of bringing oil to the Eastern seaboard states. Williams Brothers Corporation of Tulsa, Oklahoma is the contractor. This was the largest single dynamite charge in history employed to build a trench for pipe line river crossing. A ditch 442 feet long was blasted. The loading and detonation of this and other charges were under the supervision of dynamite experts of E.I. du Pont Nemours & Company. The blasting of ditches for pipe lines in the bottom of rivers where equipment cannot work was developed by DuPont explosives technicians. With the help of boats, barges, drills and other paraphernalia, holes are drilled in the right of way across the steam, Gelatin dynamite, which works efficiently under water, is used for the blast. Which every detail of the primary work is completed, the shots are connected to loading wires, equipment moved out of danger and the blast fired. Section by section the river is thus crossed in a fraction of the time possible by any other method known to man., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Paper making machine processing paper from the pulp to the finished sheet
Paper making machine processing paper from the pulp to the finished sheet in the Technical Laboratory, Dyestuffs Division. A strip of paper made in the machine can be seen wound over the drum at the right., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Using cellophane for food preservation
Wrapping Victory Garden produce in cellophane and freezing it at locker plants will provide fresh, flavorsome food to approximately a million American families this year. There are 4,600 locker plants, mainly in rural and suburban areas. Peaches are sliced fresh into a cellophane bag, inside a paperboard box and are then covered with syrup, preparatory to freezing., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Using explosive rivets to attach aluminum exterior panels for custom-built delivery truck bodies
DuPont explosive rivets are used by a maker of custom-built delivery trucks to attach aluminum exterior panels to structural members of vehicle in a blind fastening operation. One man, unaided, sets the rivers, applying heat with a DuPont riveting iron to fire the small charge of explosive within the fastener., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Recreating supermarket conditions
Operator is examining the cellophane packaged meats in this refrigerated display case. By using standard supermarket display cases, actual store conditions can be reproduced or approximated in the DuPont Film Department's sales development and technical service laboratory at Chestnut Run, near Wilmington, Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Ball grinding machine
A ball grinding machine used for grinding pigments for inks. The pigment is placed in the jar with the stainless steel balls and the jar is then clamped in the machine and revolved for a number of hours to obtain a fine grinding. The ball grinding method is used particularly where a volatile solvent is used which would evaporate in other types of grinding machines. Equipment at the Technical Laboratory, Dyestuffs Division of the DuPont Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
One of the laboratory buildings at the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Experimental Station
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Weighing test animals
The weight of animals is a guide to effect of the test materials. The fact that rabbit at DuPont's Haskell Laboratory for Toxicology and Industrial Medicine at Newark, Delaware lost no weight following test helped clear one plastic film for good wrapping., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Booth featuring various DuPont products
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Draining off excess paraffin in dynamite containers
Dynamite containers are made of paper rolled into tubes, which are sprayed with paraffin for moisture protection. Here operator pulls cart from tunnel and drains off excess paraffin., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Grinding raw materials for the manufacture of alumina sulfate at the Grasselli plant
Grinding raw materials for the manufacture of alumina sulfate (Alum) at the Grasselli plant of E.I. du Pont Nemours & Company in Philadelphia PA. This product is used for purifying water., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Inspecting spinnerets
Spinnerets are inspected under a microscope to determine surface scratches and to check the minute holes through which viscose solution is forced to form filaments of rayon yarn at plants of E.I du Pont Nemours & Company. Precision checking for quality and uniformity is standard procedure at DuPont rayon plants., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Determining the drying time of lacquer
How fast a lacquer or finish will dry is determined by the use of plate glass discs coated with the material to be tested and revolved slowly while a thin trickle of sand falls on them from a cone shaped container. It has been found by DuPont chemists that the point at which the sand no longer adheres accurately determines the drying time., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Technician working on draw-down panel in the laboratory
Plastics colorations studies at DuPont's new Pigments Sales Service Laboratory, at Chestnut Run Laboratories. The panel the technician is working on is called draw-down. Pigment samples are cured in an oven, then tested for heat and light stability and uniformity of pigmentation. The $5 million sales service installation was opened formally May 21., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Breakage reduced with shatter resistant Lucite acrylic resins
The nation's bill for glass breakage in street lamp globes, ticket windows, washroom windows and other public installations, may be reduced by DuPont's development of patterned sheets of shatter resistant Lucite acrylic resins. Sections for office walls, decorative panels for hotels and night clubs and edge-lighted wall panels are other uses for this new material, here displayed by laboratory technician Gladys Kase., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Heavy water facility at Savannah River plant
This facility at the Savannah River Plant produces heavy water for use in the Savannah River reactors. The heavy water produced here also is shipped to domestic and foreign users by the Atomic Energy Commission on sale or lease basis. The plant actually separates heavy water from the raw water of the Savannah River. Wherever there is water or moisture, heavy water occurs in normal water at the rate of one ounce to every 52 gallons., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Control room of Antioch plant
Complex chemical operations in the large tetraethyl lead unit at DuPont's Antioch, California plant are handled from a central control room. At operators' fingertips are 200 finely calibrated instruments that keep in balance the process that turn lead, sodium and ethyl chloride into tetraethyl lead, a key additive of gasoline. In practice, the human element is vital. It is employed at a higher degree of skill than ever., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Extrusion press at DuPont Metals Center in Baltimore, Maryland
This 2500 ton, half block long extrusion press is a feature of the new DuPont Metals Center at Baltimore, where commercial production of mill products of columbium metal and alloys recently got underway. The big press has unique heating and transfer mechanisms permitting rapid extrusion of refractory metals with minimum contamination. These metals are of particular interest to produces of jet engines, missiles and in other application where relentlessly high temperature are a factor. Most of the 75 employees at the center are experienced and skilled in metallurgy and their efforts are backed up by the company's basic research on metals from which have come a number of promising alloys., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Eduard Franz and Sigrid Gurie in costume as Eleuthère Irénée and Sophie du Pont
Eduard Franz and Sigrid Gurie, as DuPont Company founder E.I du Pont and his wife, Sophie speak with a DuPont executive., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Employee at the DuPont nylon plant in Seaford, Delaware
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Nylon yarn plant at Chattanooga, Tennessee
This DuPont Company plant producing nylon textile fibers is located at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since productions started in 1948, the plant's initial capacity has been tripled. Employment has increased from 400 at the start of operations to almost 3,000., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Victoria, Texas Plant
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interior of Chambers Works dye plant at Deepwater Point, New Jersey
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
New plant geography - exterior of Tucker Plant
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Inspection of Corfam
Intermediate inspection of the substrate for DuPont's Corfam poromeric shoe upper material is one of the many quality control points in the manufacturing process at Old Hickory, Tennessee. At this stage, the substrate is inspected visually for thickness and uniformity. Research and development of Corfam required 200 man years, with much of the effort devoted to perfecting the final product., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Color paste being removed from plate and frame filter press at the Dye Works
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Conveyors at dynamite plant near Martinsburg, West Virginia
Aluminum covered conveyors snake across landscape, adding another weird touch to the Explosives Departments dynamite plant near Martinsburg, West Virginia. By eliminating old style powder buggies, conveyors reduce handling and speed the manufacture., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Dr. Edward O. Hermann, research chemist, demonstrating Quilon
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Testing with Alathon
This is one of three pictures that show why paper, coated with Alathon polythene resin, can be used for packaging materials that are highly acidic or corrosive in nature. Concentrate sulfuric acid was poured into two trays, one coated with Alathon the other uncoated. This is how the coated tray looked 4 days later., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Sampling neoprene
An operator draws a sample of neoprene latex from a 400 gallon polymerization kettle. Sample is used for production control tests. A part of the plant's production is shipped from DuPont's Louisville Works in this form; the reminder is processed into dry neoprene., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Savannah River plant administration building
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Belle, West Virginia, works
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Using cellophane in food service
A spring fryer, cleaned and weighed is wrapped in cellophane for sale in a self service case. Note the label containing weight, pricing per pound and total price., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Control room at Chambers Works
Control room of DuPont's 25 million pound 'Hylene' organic isocyanates plant now on stream at the Chambers Works, Deepwater Point, New Jersey. The plant was constructed during 1955 and completed in January of 1956. It currently employs approximately 80 people. Organic isocyanates are versatile chemicals which, in combination with various other compounds, form rubber like or plastic like material s which potentially wide use in such fields as building, transportation, upholstery and insulation., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Picking up the bead, film base receives its coating of light sensitive emulsion
This is the point where the film base receives its coating of light sensitive emulsion. The transparent base dips into a tray which is filled with emulsion and comes away with just the right thickness of emulsion coated on it. The point at which the uncoated film base first comes in contact with the emulsion is called 'picking up the bead.' That this is the one being photographed is evidenced by the 'V' of transparent base which appears in the picture. The white area on either side of the 'V' is the emulsion. This is the characteristic marking which always appears on the film at the beginning of a run., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Testing of Acele at DuPont rayon plant
Physical testing of Acele acetate rayon to determine denier, or weight, as conducted at the Waynesboro, Virginia plant of E.I. de Pont Nemours & Company., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Manufacture of Cordura rayon
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
New soap perfumes
New soap perfumes in the making. In the chemists laboratory, a miniature soap machine turns out hundreds of cakes of soap. Perfume to be tested is incorporated in the soap while it is mixed in the plodder. Cast in a die, the soap cakes are subjected to various experimental conditions to which soap might be exposed in reality and the cakes are observed by the chemist for a period of time, sometimes a year or more, to determine the lasting qualities of the perfume, its effect on color and other elements. The development of synthetic components for perfumes has been of major importance in the soap and cosmetic industries, where perfume are use in some cases to cover up the bad odor of fats, in other to give a pleasing smell. Every cosmetic and soap on the market is perfumed-even the cheapest type of laundry soap. Problems of price and supply are being solved by the chemist and moreover there has been a development of synthetic perfumes, useful in this field, superior to anything made by nature., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Hopewell Works for guncotton at Hopewell, Virginia
This guncotton plant DuPont built and operated at Hopewell, Virginia during WWI, was the largest of its kind in the world. It turned out more than one billion pounds of material and employed more than 28,000 people., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Mound City Explosives Department at Potomac River Works
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Julian Hill recreating synthesis of first completely synthetic fiber
Probably the most dramatic moment in DuPont research history is re-enacted above-the birth of the first completely synthetic fiber, impractical for commercial use but true forerunner of nylon itself. Here chemist Julian Hill shows how he pulled molten sample of material from a laboratory test tube at the company's Experimental Station near Wilmington, Delaware. The molasses-like mass stuck to the glass stirring rod and was drawn out into a thin fiber., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Storage tanks for methyl alcohol at Perth Amboy, New Jersey, works
These are the big storage tanks for methyl alcohol (methanol) at the Perth Ambo NJ plant of DuPont's Electrochemicals Department where formaldehyde is manufacture from methanol and air. The quantity of methanol produced formerly depended up on the demand for charcoal made by destructive distillation of wood. Now methanol is synthesized at another DuPont plant and shipped to Perth Amboy by tanker., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Explosives Department at Repauno Works at Gibbstown, New Jersey
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Section of calendar at the Newburgh, New York plant
Section of calendar, capable of turning out millions of yards of plastic coated fabrics a year at the Newburgh plant in New York. This calendar, which weighs 175 tons was placed in operation in 1957., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Filter press used in manufacture of photographic film
A press in the second stage of filters used to filter the dope as it comes from the mixing house ad before it goes to the casting area., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
A titanium ingot being drawn from furnace prior to forging and rolling
Titanium metal can be worked by standard equipment. Here a hot titanium ingot is being withdrawn from furnace prior to forging and rolling., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Savannah River plant
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Retention ponds at Memphis, Tennessee, plant
One of two eight hour retention ponds at DuPont's Memphis, TN plant where trade waste effluent from cyanide operation is treated. From these ponds the effluent goes to a one hour retention basin to insure completion of cyanide destruction and then after waste has been made harmless it is discharged into nearby stream. Waste control facilities, costing in excess of half a million dollars, were included in plant design to insure that all effluent is adequately treated before it is released outside the plant. Company -wide, DuPont has invested $38 million in equipment to reduce or eliminate wastes and fumes., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Hydrogen cyanide manufacturing plant at Memphis, Tennessee
Hydrogen cyanide manufacturing unit dramatizes the multi-million dollar investment in production facilities at Memphis, TN plant of the DuPont Company's Electrochemicals Department. Picture is taken from beneath tank car unloading station looking north. Hydrogen cyanide is reacted with caustic soda at another plant unit to form sodium cyanide, which plays an important role in electroplating, case hardening of metal., in the manufacture of a nylon intermediate an in various other chemical operations. Potassium cyanide and hydrogen peroxide are also made at this plant., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Sales psychology at 1951 Packaging Show
The sales psychology of the self service package is demonstrated by this series of five cakes being shown by the Film Department of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. From the virtually blank package at the upper left, which draws a blank reaction from the shopper, each package, clockwise, increases its sales message and informative labeling, to attract successively , attention; then attention and interest; attention, interest and desire, and finally in the framed package, attention, interest, desire and action when the shopper decides to buy the cake., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Sulfuric acid East Chicago plant
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Storage tanks for refined vinyl acetate
Storage tanks for refined vinyl acetate, used in the manufacture of Butacite polyvinyl butyral resin at the Arlington, New Jersey plant is the plastic employed in automotive safety glass., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Sagebrush and sand near Hanford Engineering Works
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Crowd at the DuPont Company 150th anniversary celebration
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Benger Laboratory at Waynesboro, Virginia
The Benger laboratory of the Du Pont Company at Waynesboro, Va., conducts chemical and engineering research on cellulose acetate yarn and on 'Orion' acrylic fiber. (5945-46), [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Hydraulic press at the Belin Works near Moosic, Pennsylvania
Formed into press cake the powder is broken into large pieces by chipping rolls. Here operators empty the hydraulic press at the DuPont Company's Belin Works near Moosic, Pennsylvania., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Carothers Research Laboratory at the DuPont Company's Experimental Station near Wilmington, Delaware
One of the Textile Fibers Departments four research laboratories in this area, it is here where work is done on nylon and Dacron polyester fiber. The first unit of the present laboratory was opened in 1938. It has been increased in size on several occasions. The laboratory was dedicated on September 17, 1946 in honor of the late Dr. Wallace Hume Carothers, who researchers led to nylon and Dacron., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Potomac River Works
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Potomac River Works
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Nylon switchette housing
These switchette housing, cases for tiny electric switches, were injection molded from FM-1 nylon, they withstand heat and strains in the thin, intricate walls made possible by the unusual properties of nylon., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Plastics Department's Technical Service laboratory at Chestnut Run
A corner of the laboratory where chemical tests are made at the Plastics Department's Technical Service laboratory at Chestnut Run. The new DuPont laboratory is now in operation., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Ethylene refining unit
in these giant columns, which rise 146 feet above the ground at DuPont's Sabine River Works, crude ethylene under great pressure e, is refined to pure ethylene. After this, it becomes Alathon polyethylene plastic resin., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Trail Ridge Plant in Starke, Florida
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Quartz spectrograph
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Heat flowing electrolytic tinplate made by DuPont halogen tin process
Steel strip with tin coat in matte finish is shown rising to top of electrical induction heater through which it descends to take on bright, shining surface. The strip was plated by the DuPont continuous Halogen Tin Process. This line, stalled at the Weirton Steel company, Weirton, West Virginia eletrotins 1200 feet of strip a minute for the container industry., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
High temperature control at the Electrochemicals Department
The exact temperature of kilns used for firing ceramic colors during manufacture is registered on a series of pyrometers, permitting scientific control at the Electrochemicals Department., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lucite water cooler plate
The top plate of this water cooler is made of Lucite acrylic resin. Lucite come sin a wide variety of colors., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Shipping Orlon
Exact weights are stamped on every shipping container of Orlon acrylic fiber before leaving the DuPont Company's May plant near Camden, South Carolina., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Plastics extruder in the laboratory
Plastics extruder in operation at DuPont's new Pigments Sales Service Laboratory at Chestnut Run. The plastics industry is a growing market for both titanium dioxide white pigment and many types of colored pigments. Here pigmented plastics are being evaluated under conditions that simulate commercial plastics plant operations., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
The library at the Haskell Laboratory of Industrial Toxicology
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Savannah River plant
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
An extruder-laminator
A modern extruder-laminator in the Polychemicals Sales Service Laboratory. This machine is used for coating Alathon polyethylene resin on any web, such as paper, cloth, metal foil or cellophane. The DuPont laboratory is located at Chestnut run new Wilmington, Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Synthetic textiles - checking the threads
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Titanium metal chunk weighing 2,500 pounds
A crane size chunk of titanium metal sponge weighing 2,500 pounds reflects growth in DuPont's production of the metal by 1953. World's first small scale commercial production of the metal was announce by DuPont in 1948. Maximum output then was 100 pounds a day. Plant expansion based on continuing process research made it possible for DuPont to increase production at its plant to 15 tons a day before the end of 1956., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Metal degreasing at DuPont's Electrochemicals Sales Service Laboratory
Metal degreasing at DuPont's Electrochemicals Sales Service Laboratory at Chestnut Run. Metal soiled with lubricants and dirt picked up during fabrication enter one end of degreaser and emerges from the other thoroughly clean, dry and ready for subsequent processing steps. In passing though the machine, metal castings are subjected to several vapor spray baths containing DuPont's 'Triclene' D trichlorethylene., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Microbalance in Chemical Department's Analytical Laboratory
The micro balance, shown here in the Chemical Department's Analytical Laboratory at DuPont's Experimental Station is one of the essential tools of modern chemistry, which demands a high degree of measuring accuracy. The human hair eight inches long-almost invisible on the balance pan-could be cut into more than 1500 pieces and each piece could be weighed accurately on this sensitive balance., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Pioneering Research Laboratory of the DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department
Pioneering Research Laboratory of the DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department, where initial investigations are conducted on man-made textile fibers. The laboratory is a part of the $30,000,000 expansion of DuPont's Experimental Station which was dedicated in May, 1951. The Station, which is located near Wilmington, Delaware, was opened in 1903., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Gas generator discharging unwanted gases at Belle, West Virginia, works
Gas generator discharging unwanted gases in the production of ammonia, one many important industrial materials manufactured at the big Belle WV Works of the DuPont Company. Altogether, DuPont has some 1200 product lines, ranging from ammonia to such products of other DuPont plants as photographic film. They all help shape country's rising living standards., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Creation of Teflon
Tubing 1/2 an inch, outside diameter, made from Teflon fluorocarbon resin is being extruded from the thin walled tubing extruder at the DuPont Plastics Department Mechanical Service Laboratory. Located at Chestnut Run near Wilmington, Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Control panels in DuPont's Jackson Laboratory at Deepwater Point, New Jersey
Elaborate control panels on small scale units yield basic research data for the chemist. This panel is used for experimental work in DuPont's Jackson Laboratory at Deepwater Point, New Jersey. In this laboratory the DuPont Company conducts research on dyes and dye intermediates; neoprene and other elastomers; textile leather, paper, rubber, and petroleum chemicals; camphor and fluorinated and miscellaneous organic products., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Belle, West Virginia, works
Giant gas purification unit at Belle Works, Belle WV removes unwanted elements from coke gas at 450 pound pressure. These 85 foot scrubbers at the big DuPont plant purify carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide used in making urea, glycol and other products., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Louviers Works in Colorado
$20 million on wheels, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Storage tanks for adiponitrile, a nylon intermediate
Picture above is a section of the adiponitrile storage area at the Niagara Falls plant of DuPont's Electrochemicals Department. During the manufacture of this nylon intermediate, furan, tetrahydrofuran and 1,4 dichlorobutane are produced. These chemicals are available in limited quantities and are finding use as chemical intermediates and solvents. Tetrahydrofuran is an extremely effective solvent for high molecular weight polyvinyl chloride resin., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Mound City Explosives Department at Potomac River Works
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Carney's Point, New Jersey, plant
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Inspecting motion picture film
Printed roll of motion picture film being inspected at the DuPont Company's plant at Parlin, New Jersey. DuPont entered the photographic field in 1912 when a modest experimental research program was started to develop plastic sheeting as a support for photographic films., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Crystal urea being conveyed to dryers
Conveyor showing crystal urea, a product of the Belle, West Virginia plant on its way to the dryers. Crystal urea is an important material in the plastics industry , among others., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Theodore J. Goldschmid
Incorporator and Secretary of National Ammonia Company and part of Allegheny Chemical Company, Philadelphia, PA, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Upper level of arc melting furnace. Sponge titanium is fed in at this level.
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
James River Works near Richmond, Virginia
View of the James River works of the Grasselli Chemicals Department of the DuPont Company. This modern plant (near Richmond, Virginia) makes an old line product-sulfuric acid. The textile, fertilizer, petroleum, iron and steel, paint and pigment, chemical, explosives and other industries use millions of tons of sulfuric acid every year., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Louviers Works for explosives manufacture in Louviers, Colorado
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Uses of Butacite polyvinyl butyral resin
A step in the manufacture of Butacite polyvinyl butyral resin, which is used as the inner layer of laminated safety glass for automobiles. Here Butacite is being cut to widths ordered by the customer to fit his requirements for windshields and windows of various dimensions. Interlayer sheeting manufactured from Butacite polyvinyl butyral resin is of good clarity and color and particularly resistant to the deteriorating influences of prolonged exposure to hear, light and moisture so that the safety glass pane retain indefinitely its initially good appearance. Tests made by accepted methods have demonstrated the ability of this safety glass to yield under a destructive impact, so as to lessen the severity of the blow to a passenger thrown against it in an accident. The plastic interlayer in the broken pane holds together and stretches under the blow and at the same time holds the broken pieces of glass together. The Butacite resin is compounded with other ingredients to form a dough, which is extruded through a slit to form continuous sheeting, which is then freed of solvent and wound up for shipment. This photograph, made at the Arlington, New Jersey plant of the DuPont Company shows the continuous sheeting passing through an air cooling process. 'Butacite' is also made at DuPont's Washington Works, near Parkersburg, West Virginia., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Art of wig making gets new look with nylon
In the wig factory of Meyer Jacoby at 34 West 20th Street, New York City, the conversion of nylon into life-like hair for doll wigs begins when the monofilaments, cut into suitable lengths, are curled on sticks., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Nitrated cotton being removed from a centrifugal wringer
Nitrated cotton being removed from a centrifugal wringer in the process of drying out the material in the manufacture of finishes by DuPont., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Machine for making Dacron felts
Machine for making high strength, non-woven felts from Dacron polyester fiber is part of the $6,000,000 facilities for experimental fabric production and chemical studies in 17 laboratory units at the DuPont Company's new Textile Research laboratory at Chestnut Run, near Wilmington, Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Fifty pound bags of Delrin acetal resin
Delrin acetal resin 50 pound bags ready for shipment to customers from DuPont's Washington Works at Parkersburg, West Virginia. Commercial development of Delrin in January, 1960 followed 12 years of research and development and the expenditure of $50 million by DuPont/., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Crawford H. Greenwalt addressing employees during 150th anniversary observance
DuPont Company 150th anniversary observance, July 18, 1952 at site of first powder mills on the Brandywine. Crawford H. Greenwalt, president, addressing company employees, du Pont family members and other guests., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Semi-works at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Experimental Station
Small scale plants called 'semi-works' like this one at the DuPont Company's Experimental Station are vital tools in scaling new processes from test tube to full plant size. The semi-works is a standard step in research to prove out laboratory studies and obtain a sufficient amount of experimental product for further testing in the field., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Sulfuric acid towers at the Grasselli Works in Pennsylvania
Towers for the concentration of sulfuric acid and the recovery of nitrogen oxides catalyst for reuse in sulfuric acid manufacture at the Grasselli Works of E.I. du Pont Nemours & Company in Pennsylvania., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Potomac River Works
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Camphor plant at Deepwater Point, New Jersey
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Nylon carpeting
This soft, luxurious bathmat and matching lid cover are tufted with DuPont nylon. They are described as machine washable by the manufacturer and since nylon does not absorb dirt, should stay clean longer. The Neddletuft mats and covers are usually fluffy and come in array of glowing colors all with an attractive faint sheen imparted by the frosty looking nylon fibers., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Still from motion picture 'Soldiers of the Soil'
What do we want to go fooling ourselves for Mary? Without John, this old farm will just wither away and die., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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