After World War I, hoping to use its nitrocellulose facilities for domestic and industrial (rather than military) production, Du Pont promoted pyralin, a nitrocellulose plastic akin to celluloid. In 1923, the firm gave several items “illustrating the use of Pyralin” to the Smithsonian. This item, showing the method of cutting sheets from a block of rolled Pyralin compound, is from that donation.

Ref: Du Pont Pyralin: Its Manufacture and Use (1928).

Maker: E. I. du Pont de Neumors and Company. Pyralin Department

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc., Wilmington, Delaware

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.A.0532Catalog Number: A.0532Accession Number: 69884

Object Name: Pyralin

Measurements: overall: 5 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in x 16 3/4 in; 13.97 cm x 28.575 cm x 42.545 cmoverall: 1 1/4 in x 16 9/16 in x 11 1/8 in; 3.175 cm x 42.06875 cm x 28.2575 cm


Record Id: nmah_876408

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