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E. I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company advertising cards

circa 1908
 Collection
Accession: 1980-304

Abstract

E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company was incorporated on May 19, 1903. It was organized as an operating company to consolidate approximately 100 explosives manufacturers controlled by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. This collection is a series of six advertising cards for E. I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company's smokeless powders for shotguns (DuPont smokeless; Hazard smokeless; New E.C. Improved; New Schultze; Infallible smokeless) and black sporting powders (DuPont Rifle; Hazard Kentucky Rifle; L. & R. Orange Extra Sporting).

Dates

  • circa 1908

Creator

Extent

6 item(s)

General Phsycial Description

6 items (advertising cards) : b&w, with color border ; 7.75 x 13 in.

Historical Note

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont company. The company was established in 1802 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) and his son Éleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834) the company began with the production of gunpowder. The du Pont’s purchased a mill site on the banks of the Brandywine River just North of Wilmington, Delaware. During wartime the company was a major supplier for the United States government. During peacetime, the company marketed their product towards sportsmen and hunters.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company was incorporated on May 19, 1903. It was organized as an operating company to consolidate approximately 100 explosives manufacturers controlled by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. These firms represented 95 percent of the powder business in the United States. In 1907, the United States government brought a suit to dissolve the company as an illegal combination under the antitrust law. In 1911 the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the government, which accepted a plan for breaking up the so-called "powder trust" by forming two new companies, the Hercules Powder Co. and the Atlas Powder Company. The E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company continued in operation with the remainder of its assets. In 1915 all the assets of E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Co. were transferred to the newly incorporated E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. The Powder Company became inactive even though it was not officially dissolved until 1926.

Scope and Content

This collection is a series of six advertising cards for E. I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company's smokeless powders for shotguns (DuPont smokeless; Hazard smokeless; New E.C. Improved; New Schultze; Infallible smokeless) and black sporting powders (DuPont Rifle; Hazard Kentucky Rifle; L. & R. Orange Extra Sporting). The cards are illustrated with a b&w pen and ink sketch surrounded with a border showing an outdoor setting with small birds; an artist initials, "E. M., " are found in the border area suggesting the art work may be done by two people. The reverse side is completely textual and boasts DuPont powders are "the most popular powders in the world." The scenes show progressively through the six cards two gentlemen on a hunting trip starting in a fashionable parlor. The day's activities are labeled: Getting out the guns; That's what I want--DuPont; Powders you can rely on--DuPont; They've Got 'em; It's not Hunting to Kill Game; Return of the hunters.

Location

DF Box 10.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
E. I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company advertising cards
Status:
Date:
2014
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
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Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
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