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DuPont Company gunpowder advertising envelopes

1902
 Collection
Identifier: 1995-296

Abstract

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 Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834) the company began with the production of gunpowder. This small collection consists of eight letter-size gunpowder advertising envelopes, including Peters cartridges, DuPont smokeless powder, Laflin & Rand, and Hazard Powder Company.

Dates

  • 1902

Creator

Extent

8 item(s)

General Physical Description

8 envelopes : color ; 3.75 x 6.5 in. Envelopes originally mounted and framed. Items were removed from frame and mounts, but original mats have been retained and placed in oversize storage.

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 Eleuthère 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. Throughout the 1900s and 1910s, the company shifted its focus away from gunpowder production and towards chemistry innovations. By 1926 the company officially dissolved the powder production unit, although it had already been inactive for many years.

Scope and Content

This small collection consists of eight letter-size gunpowder advertising envelopes, including Peters cartridges, DuPont smokeless powder, Laflin & Rand, and Hazard Powder Company. Illustrations show game birds, hunting dogs, cowboys and Indians, and trapshooting. All envelopes are addressed to Eugene E. du Pont at Harvard University; postmarks include Montchanin, Delaware; Wilmington, Delaware; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts; and Charleston, South Carolina.

Location

GL Box 2. Drawer A-18.

Access Restriction

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
DuPont Company gunpowder advertising envelopes
Status:
Date:
2015
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:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400