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Spool of Nylon Fiber

  • ca. 1938
  • Manufactured by E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • 7.125 in. H x 6.75 in. diameter
    Metal, nylon
  • On display in Making Modernity
  • Gift of Joseph X. Labovsky
  • The Joseph X. Labovsky Collection
  • 2004.543.183

Description

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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