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DuPont Company Atlantic City exhibit photographs

Accession 1973.278

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, DuPont Company Atlantic City exhibit photographs (Accession 1973.278), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: DuPont Company Atlantic City exhibit photographs
Dates: 1948-1954
Accession Number: 1973.278
Creator: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Fred Hess & Son.
Extent: 23.0 items
Physical Description: 20 photographic prints : b&w : 8 x 10 in. 2 postcards : color. 1 transparency : color : 4 x 5 in.
Location: GL Box 1.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
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 and began with the production of gunpowder. Throughout the 1900s and 1910s, the company shifted its focus away from gunpowder production and towards chemistry innovations. This collection contains twenty photographs of DuPont Company exhibits and exhibit areas in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the Chalfonte-Haddon Hall, as well as exterior views in the vicinity of the Hall and views of the boardwalk at North Carolina Avenue. Chalfonte-Haddon Hall was a hotel and convention center that had its start as two Quaker boarding houses built in the 1860s.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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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 and his son Eleuthère Irénée du Pont; 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. Throughout the 1900s and 1910s, the company shifted its focus away from gunpowder production and towards chemistry innovations.

Chalfonte-Haddon Hall was originally occupied by two three-story wooden Quaker rooming houses, The Chalfonte House and The Haddon House. The Chalfonte House was built in 1868, and the Haddon House was opened across the street in 1869. The Haddon House was sold to Leeds & Lippincott in 1890, and in 1896 they rebuilt it, naming the new, larger hotel "Haddon Hall". Henry Leeds then bought The Chalfonte House in 1900 and constructed a modern hotel on the site, renaming it the Chalfonte Hotel. It opened in 1904.

The current Haddon Hall building was constructed in stages in the 1920s. Soon after the modern Haddon Hall was completed, it was merged with the adjacent Chalfonte via a skyway. At the time of its completion, the new Chalfonte-Haddon Hall complex consisted of 1,000 rooms and was the city's largest hotel by capacity.

During World War II, Chalfonte-Haddon Hall was requisitioned by the US Military and converted to the Atlantic City Air Forces Training & Reception Center Hospital, and it was renamed Thomas England General Hospital. At the grand re-opening in 1946, Chalfonte-Haddon Hall was opened as a convention site. Chalfonte-Haddon Hall is currently the site of Resorts International Casino. The Haddon Hall building was renovated for the opening, but the Chalfonte could not be and was razed in 1980.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains twenty photographs of DuPont Company exhibits and exhibit areas in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the Chalfonte-Haddon Hall, as well as exterior views in the vicinity of the Hall and views of the boardwalk at North Carolina Avenue. There are also two color post cards (duplicates) showing the exhibit area in Haddon Hall, and an exterior view of the beach and boardwalk. The color transparency shows the same image of the exhibit area in Haddon Hall as the post card.

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Access Points

Atlantic City (N.J.)
Plastics.
Synthetic fabrics.
Television.
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