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DuPont-Pathe tinted positive film samples

Accession 1998.264

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-Pathe tinted positive film samples (Accession 1998.264), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: DuPont-Pathe tinted positive film samples
Dates: circa 1925
Accession Number: 1998.264
Creator: Du Pont-Pathé Film Manufacturing Corporation.
Extent: 1 item
Physical Description: 1 item : booklet ; 1.5 x 9 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. During the 1910s, the DuPont Company decided to enter the film and photographic supply market. In 1924, it entered into a joint venture with Pathé Exchange, called DuPont-Pathé Film Manufacturing Corporation. This collection consists of a booklet with seven short strips of tinted 35mm motion picture film stock.
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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 (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, eventually exiting the gunpowder business altogether.

During the 1910s, the DuPont Company decided to enter the film and photographic supply market. In 1924, it entered into a joint venture with Pathé Exchange, the American affiliate of the French company Pathé Cinema Societe Anonyme. The new concern was called DuPont-Pathé Film Manufacturing Corporation, and it operated out of Parlin, New Jersey. The company produced 35 mm positive movie film with sales reaching approximately $4 million a year by the end of the decade. In 1927 Eastman Kodak purchased Pathé Cinema and in 1929 RKO bought most of Pathé Exchange’s assets. So in 1931, DuPont changed the name of the company to DuPont Film Manufacturing Corporation, dropping the Pathé name.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of a booklet with seven short strips of 35mm motion picture film stock. The strips are tinted plain, light amber, amber, pink, yellow, blue, and lavender. The frames on the film appear to be from unidentified silent movies.

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Access Points

Motion picture film.
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