DuPont Company films and commercials

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This collection of films and commercials documents the research, development, training, safety measures, products, and promotional aspects of DuPont Company history. The moving images include commercials, short films, feature films, and television programs. The 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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The DuPont Story (full version)
This film presents highlights in the history of the DuPont Company from its founding to 1950.
The Skipper's Lady
Episode of Calvalcade of America. Hearty captain's wife takes over for her ailing husband and drunken second mate to get ship into San Francisco in time to prevent outbreak of Indian war and the needless massacre of tens of thousands.
Jim Henson's Muppet Meeting Films: Picker-Upper
Three short films: Introduction; Announcements; and Final speech.
Junior Miss, parts 1 through 3
Production #2265. A musical comedy about a romantic, meddlesome teenager who gets involved in everyone's business. When she tries to set her uncle up with her father's boss's daughter, she risks getting her father fired. Commercials for DuPont 'better living through chemistry.'
What Every Woman Knows, parts 1 through 3
Production #2276. A broke scholar bargains to marry a headstrong woman in exchange for tuition. Once his career is established, however, he begins to reconsider his decision. Commercials celebrating twenty years of DuPont Nylon.
Years Ago, parts 1 through 3
Production #2288. A young girl from a frugal, conservative family aspires to become an actress despite her father's wish for her to become a physical culture instructor. In confronting her parents about her future, Ruth learns about the importance of family and integrity.
A Silent Panic
Production #3426. Comedian, Harpo Marx, stars in his first dramatic role. Film about a deaf-mute who witnesses a murder and helps police catch the criminals. Commercials for DuPont Nyon,Orlon, and Dacron fabric fibers.
Crescendo, part 1 and part 2
Production #2262. An Englishman (Rex Harrison) visits America and is initially pessimistic about the culture. However once he's introduced to a rich diversity of musical genres, he begins to overcome his preconceptions. Commercials for DuPont 'better living through chemistry.'
Seven Keys to Baldpate
Production #4056. A television writer with a $5k bet on the line comes across an unexpected adventure as he solves a puzzling mystery of why seven individuals all want a share of $300k hidden at the Baldpate inn. Commercials for DuPont products 'better living through chemistry.'
Creative Establishment: DuPont Shareholders Meeting
Film transfer of a multi-projector slide show produced for a DuPont Shareholders meeting. Talks about the eight business segments of the DuPont Company: petroleum exploration and production; refining, marking and transportation; coal and minerals; agriculture and industrial chemicals; polymer products; industrial and consumer products; and biomedical products.
Teflon Silverstone commercial: Historical Reel 3
One Teflon Silverstone commercial.
Glean-A Discovery Moves Forward
Produced by Venard Films, LTD. New herbicide, includes some animation and views of laboratories.
Good Hand, Good Eye
Promoting automobile paint and body shop work as a lucrative career. Shows scenes of car repair and finishing.
A New World Through Chemistry
Includes several DuPont laboratories and plants showing the manufacturing of chemical products and household settings using the products, including Neoprene, Zelan, Nylon, Rayon and Lucite.
Old Reliable: Technology's Mining System, Today
Film explains new process of extracting copper without physically mining the ore and waste. Panel with Maxy Anderson, President of Ranchers Exploration and Development Company; Jim Todd, Development Manager, Minerals Section, DuPont Polymer Intermediates Department and Harold Carluvato, National Sales Manager, Explosives Products Division, DuPont.
The Step Into Tomorrow
Spotlights Corfam, a man-made material from DuPont that was used to create shoes. Film explains the research done to assure Corfam was the best material for shoe ware.
This is DuPont
Film depicts many DuPont products such as Nylon, Dacron, Kevlar, Zytel, Mylar and DuPont pigments. Current research and company principles are also discussed.
The Impulse Payoff
A struggling food salesman is knocked unconscious and dreams he meets 'Peter Profit' who shares ideas on how to improve sales. These include good packaging and displays, and having the salesman create ideas for the grocery store owners on how to increase impulse buys, also known as store decisions, which account for two thirds of all grocery purchases. There are several scenes of shoppers in grocery stores, and DuPont Company employees taking surveys at those stores.
Protecting the Ozone Layer: A Search for Solutions
Film describes the dilemma of the depletion of the Ozone layer and solutions that may slow or stop the reduction.
To the Fair!
Film promoting the 1964/1965 World's Fair in New York City. Depicts many of the fair's exhibits and follows several families throughout their visit.
Watch Your Stop! A 5 Point Plan For Better Selling
Suggestions for improving sales of bakery items in grocery stores. Actors and actresses portray "an average American family eating dinner," bakery salesmen visiting grocery stores, and sales clerks and grocery store owners. Scenes include a family at dinner, women shopping in grocery stores and being studied for their shopping habits, bakery salesmen setting up baked good displays in stores, and delivery vans. The film promotes the use of clear cellophane packaging.
Wildlife and the Farm
Report of Remington Farm near Chestertown, Maryland, showing wildlife management on a working farm.
World's Fair Preview
A report on the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair by Lowell Thomas. Shows the construction of the Unisphere. An interview with Robert Moses, Head of the New York World's Fair. Other various construction is shown of exhibit buildings in progress. Also shows Shea Stadium being built and models of Olympic Trial Stadiums. Designs of corporate, national and religious exhibits included. Moses discusses Flushing Meadow Park which will be updated after the fair.
1 + 1 + 1
Recruitment film for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Includes scenes of original DuPont mills at Hagley property in Wilmington, Delaware; laboratories; model making for plant design; and an executive committee in discussion.
The DuPont Story Reel No. 1
Film begins with the current DuPont company, the products it makes and its facilities. The story proceeds with the company's creation and the story of founder Éleuthère Irénée du Pont. Several generations of du Pont executives are depicted, the reel ending with Alfred du Pont purchasing the company.

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