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.
Episode of Calvalcade of America. Hearty captain's wife takes over for her ailing husband and drunken second mate to get ship carrying an annual allotment of supplies for the Indians of California and Oregon into San Francisco in time to prevent an outbreak of war.
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.'
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.
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.'
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.'
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.
Film narrated by Orson Welles about the role of agricultural chemicals in American food production. Argues that harvests can be richer and larger thanks to safe, effective chemicals that combat disease, weeds, pests, and other issues that disrupt plant growth. Shows scientists researching and developing chemicals in the lab. The second half of the film focuses on the Bailey family in Anita, Iowa. Responsible for growing corn and grass and raising livestock, the Baileys speak to the challenges and rewards of running a farm and the benefits that agricultural chemicals provide. Directed by Lee R. Bobker and Ann Eisner; produced by Stephanie Chan; camera operation by Herbert Raditschnig and Tom Hurwitz; editing by Paul Z. Marcus, assisted by Elizabeth Dasheff; sound by Albee Gordon and Chat Gunter.
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.
Parody of the soap opera "Return to Peyton Place." Helen Champion and Vanessa Vertigo square off in Teflon Place's annual fry-off contest. Helen Champion wins because she uses Teflon II cookware, ensuring that her fried pie does not stick to the pan. Includes informational segments about how Teflon II is created, tested, and used.
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.
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.