Interview with Thomas E. Doremus, 1958 January 10 [audio](part 2)

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  • Coming to work for DuPont; DuPont buying Laflin and Rand; Properly writing E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Making a trademark for DuPont
    Partial Transcript: "I knew the Laflin and Rand people... they had gone over to DuPont, they wanted me to come to Wilmington..."
    Synopsis: Doremus talks about how he came to work for DuPont. He says former contacts from Laflin and Rand wanted him to work for DuPont where he started work in 1903. He talks about DuPont buying Laflin and Rand. Doremus talks about how to properly write the DuPont company name and developing a trademarked logo for the company.
    Keywords: Art; Design; Du Pont, Alexis I. (Alexis Iré né e), 1869-1921; Du Pont, Eugene E. (Eugene Eleuthè re), 1882-1966; DuPont; E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Laflin and Rand; Trademarks
  • Designing an anti-tuberculosis stamp
    Partial Transcript: "Another very interesting thing... in 1907, I think it was, I had a telephone call from Mr. P. S. du Pont and he asked me to come up to his office. I went up, and Emily Bissell was there. (I think Mr. P. S. was President at that time.) It seems that Miss Bissell -- the one who promoted the anti- tuberculosis seal -- had come to see Mr. P. S. du Pont. Her conversation as Mr. du Pont relayed it to me was that she wanted some sort of a method, whereby she could make money for tuberculosis"
    Synopsis: Doremus talks about being involved in an anti-tuberculosis campaign and developing a stamp for it to raise money to fight the disease.
    Keywords: Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954; Emily Bissell; Tuberculosis
  • World War I and its impact on the sporting powder industry; Teaching soldiers to shoot; Teaching women to shoot
    Partial Transcript: "When World War I came it began to look as if the government would stop our activities because they might need the powder production..."
    Synopsis: Doremus talks about the impact of World War I on the sporting powder company. He says that they started to refer to trap shooting as a "patriotic sport" and emphasize the benefits of private citizens learning how to shoot in order to protect their family and home from a potential German invasion. He describes traveling to Washington D.C. and successfully communicating this idea to the Ordinance Department. He compares airplane to airplane shooting to shooting clay targets. He also talks about advocating for soldiers to be equipped with shotguns so that they could shoot thrown grenades out of the air, similarly to shooting live birds. Doremus talks about teaching women to shoot around the same time. He says that he hired one of the women as a sales person because she was a good shot and attractive. He talks about getting women interested in shooting by selling it as a stylish pursuit.
    Keywords: Advertising; Atlantic City Shooting School; Sales; Trap shooting; Women; World War (1914-1918)
  • DuPont's relationship with Annie Oakley; Doremus' relaitonship with Annie Oakley; Oakley smuggling gunpowder overseas; Other famous shooters
    Partial Transcript: "[Annie Oakley] was employed by the E. C. & Schultz Company to demonstrate, and when she was with Buffalo Bill, she shot Schultz Powder in her trick shooting. When we acquired Schultz Powder, we acquired Annie Oakley as a demonstrator. She carried on until 1919. "
    Synopsis: Doremus talks about DuPont's relationship with Annie Oakley. He says that he knew her personally and was nothing like as depicted in "Annie Get Your Gun." He talks about an incident when a woman who said she was Annie Oakley was arrested in Chicago. He explains that Oakley's lawyer sued the Associated Press and every newspaper that carried the story. The suit netted her over 80,000 dollars. She used the money to open a facility for girls to learn music. Doremus talks about how Oakley smuggled gunpowder overseas because she could not get her usual shooting powder abroad. He talks about other trick shooters he knew while working at DuPont.
    Keywords: Associated Press; Cambridge, Md.; Gunpowder; Libel; Oakley, Annie, 1860-1926; Schultz Powder; Smuggling; The Topperweins; Trick shooters; Wages

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