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Nylon production, 1950s

Nylon production, 1950s

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HAGLEY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY HAGLEY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Nylon production. Machinery used for the polymerization of nylon salt in a DuPont factory. This bank of autoclaves is used for the production of 'Zytel' nylon resin. They are in the nylon building of the DuPont Company's factory Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA. Nylon salt is polymerized for the production of nylon moulding powder and nylon filament. 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.

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