DuPont Company Hypalon synthetic rubber photographsCreation: 1953-1989
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont company, established in 1802. Hypalon is a chlorosulfonated polyethylene and was the second artificial rubber synthesized by DuPont after Neoprene. This collection consists of nine photographs relating to Hypalon synthetic rubber, produced by the DuPont Company at its Beaumont, Texas production facility.
- Creation: 1953-1989
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (Organization)
General Physical Description
9 photographic prints : mostly color ; 11 x 14 in. or smaller.
GL Box 1.
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. Throughout the 1900s and 1910s, the company shifted its focus away from gunpowder production and towards chemistry innovations.
Hypalon, a chlorosulfonated polyethylene, was the second artificial rubber synthesized by DuPont after Neoprene. A Hypalon production facility began operating in Beaumont, Texas, in 1957 and produced its one-billionth pound of Hypalon on April 11, 1986. Production ended on April 20, 2010, when DuPont exited the business. Hypalon was especially used for durable seals, such as the waterproofing of automobile and building roofs, lining tanks and catch basins, and in hoses and cable insulation. Another DuPont elastomer, Hylene, an organic isocyanate or urethane foam, was used in padding for carpeting and mattresses, while Viton coatings were used to protect valves and other process machinery from heat and corrosion.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of nine photographs relating to Hypalon synthetic rubber, produced by the DuPont Company at its Beaumont, Texas production facility. There is one black-and-white photograph of the exterior of the plant, circa 1957; a color birds-eye-view photograph of the plant, 1970; and a color photograph of a display of products made from Hypalon, 1989. There is also a board with six Polaroid photographs commemorating the one billionth pound of Hypalon produced.
This collection is open for research.
Language of Materials
DuPont Performance Elastomers, L.L.C., miscellany on Hypalon and other synthetic rubbers (Accession 2535), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Elastomer Chemicals Department (Organization)
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Beaumont Works (Organization)
Finding Aid & Administrative Information
- DuPont Company Hypalon synthetic rubber photographs
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