From the WNYC Archive: The Revolutionary Fabric Nylon

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Women around the world have DuPont to thank for stockings. On February 16, 1937 the company patented the material, although not the word 'nylon.' No longer would stockings be made of expensive silk. DuPont made them affordable for all women.


Here at WNYC, we combed the archives and present an episode from Adventures in Research, a radio program produced by KDKA Westinghouse Labs that explores the invention and creation of nylon.

In addition to nylon the company can be credited with creating Teflon, Kevlar, neoprene, and lycra, as well as the key component in refrigeration, Freon.