Nylon Thread

Nylon Thread

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Created in DuPont’s Fundamental Research Laboratory in Wilmington, De., and unveiled by chemist Wallace H. Carothers on Feb. 28, 1935, Nylon 6,6 was the basis of what would soon become the first commercially successful synthetic thermoplastic polymer. This early example of Nylon 6,6 is wound on a spool marked “153 / 45-15-4 / 20 Z / Dull / Unsized.”
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Object Name
Nylon Thread
Date made
before 1939
pre 1939
spool: 105 mm x 90 mm; 4 1/8 in x 3 9/16 in
overall: 4 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 10.795 cm x 9.525 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
Gift of Herman Schneider
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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