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6-Inch White Nylon Gear

  • 2.125 in. H x 6 in. diameter
  • On display in Making Modernity
  • Gift of John T. and Mollie Marvel
  • Carl S. Marvel Papers
  • 88:11.350


Nylon, developed in the late 1930s by a team headed by Wallace Carothers at E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, was the first totally synthetic fiber. Developed as a replacement for natural silk, nylon is a simple monomer-chain polymer created by polymerizing a polyamide in a salt mixture.

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