Nylon production, 1950s

Nylon production, 1950s

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Credit: HAGLEY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Nylon production. Factory worker directing nylon flakes from a hose into hoppers at a DuPont Company's factory for shipment to the company's plastics plants. The nylon is used in the manufacture of brushes and electrical insulation. These flakes or chips, are made by chopping the long strips that are extruded after the process of polymerization has been completed. Nylon was a new material discovered by the DuPont Company in 1935. Full-scale production started in 1939, and nylon was used in a variety of products such as toothbrushes and stockings. Photographed in around the 1950s by US photographer William M. Rittase (1894-1968).

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