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DuPont Fabrikoid portfolio, sales promotion and development illustrations

Accession 1995.236

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Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
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Descriptive Summary

Title: DuPont Fabrikoid portfolio, sales promotion and development illustrations
Dates: 1925-1935
Accession Number: 1995.236
Creator: E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Fabrikoid Division.
Extent: 1 volume
Physical Description: 1 folio : 25 photomechanical illustrations on 9 sheets ; 8.5 x 11.15 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. In 1910, the DuPont Company purchased the Fabrikoid Company of Newburgh, New York, which had developed a textile coating process. This item is a portfolio of separate pages with two photographs per page placed in a folder made of blue Fabrikoid. The photographs illustrate Fabrikoid, a DuPont Company artificial leather material, used as upholstery and in a variety of commercial and residential interior applications.
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Historical Note

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company. In 1910, the DuPont Company purchased the Fabrikoid Company of Newburgh, New York, which had developed a textile coating process. DuPont found the production facilities to be unsatisfactory and their chemists improved the product in the span of a few years. It was used in upholstery, luggage, and bookbinding. In the 1920s and 1930s, automobile manufacturers used Fabrikoid in convertible tops and seat covers, but by the 1940s new, more durable vinyl-coated fabrics overtook the market.

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Scope and Content

This is a portfolio of separate pages with two photographs per page placed in a folder made of blue Fabrikoid. The photos illustrate Fabrikoid, a DuPont Company artificial leather material, used as upholstery and in a variety of commercial and residential interior applications. The coated fabric use includes wall coverings in store window displays, seating and side walls in aircraft, draperies, screens, table tops, as well as furniture. The interior decorating work represented is credited to some well-known modernist designers and architects: Raymond M. Hood, John Mead Howells, Winold Reiss, Eugene Schoen, Joseph Urban, O.W. Wentz. Public buildings shown include the Palm Beach, Florida Hotel, the Tavern Club (Chicago), Hotel Bossert (Brooklyn), Panhellenic Club (New York), and Little Carnegie Theatre (New York).

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Access Points

Hoffmann, Wolfgang.
Hood, Raymond Mathewson, 1881-1934
Howells, John Mead, 1868-1959
Interior decoration.
Leather, Artificial.
Reiss, Winold, 1886-1953
Schoen, Eugene, 1880-1957
Show windows.
Synthetic fabrics.
Urban, Joseph, 1872-1933
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