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- 3.5 in. H x 2.75 in. diameter
- On display in Making Modernity
- Gift of Charles Snelling
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.