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Nylon toothbrush research, 1930s

Nylon toothbrush research, 1930s

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

Caption

Nylon toothbrush research. Laboratory assistant Edward Burke working on early designs of toothbrushes using nylon bristles. Nylon was a new material discovered by the DuPont Company in 1935. The first toothbrushes using nylon were sold in 1938. Here, Burke is working in the Plastics Department at the Arlington semi-works facility. He is operating one of the first cut-off machines for tapered nylon bristles. Burke worked at Arlington from 1912 with Ben Fields, who developed the tapered bristle. Photographed in around the 1930s.

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