Hagley Museum & Library

Bridgeman is proud to announce our representation of the Hagley Museum. This collection, founded by E.I. du Pont is a wonderful time capsule representing America's industrial past.

First display of nylon stockings, DuPont exhibit, Golden Gate Exposition, 1939 (b/w photo), American Photographer, (20th century) / Hagley Museum & Library, Wilmington, Delaware, USA / Bridgeman Images

 

Chippers in the foundry, 1919 (b/w photo), American Photographer, (20th century) / Hagley Museum & Library, Wilmington, Delaware, USA / Bridgeman Images

 

Better things for better living....through chemistry

Located in Wilmington, Delaware, the Hagley Museum is the site of the former gunpowder works factory founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. Its extensive archive illustrates the history of American enterprise, consumerism and industrial might.  The Hagley documents a vital time in American industrial technology and history, not only showcasing new production methods and developing techniques, but also revealing personal stories of how workers lived. Highlights of the collection include everything from a history of beer brewing, material relating to World's Fairs and Expositions, the manufacturing and promotion of nylon hosiery and 19th & 20th century product advertisements.

Material from the Hagley Museum complements a rich archive of industrial and consumer history available through Bridgeman; in collections such as Peter Newark Pictures, the Stapleton Collection, the New-York Historical Society, the Advertising Archives, the Detroit Industry murals by Diego Rivera at the Detroit Institute of Arts to name a few.

To view the images available through Bridgeman, click here.

Women at Work, front cover of 'The Du Pont Magazine', 1944 (colour litho), American School, (20th century) / Hagley Museum & Library, Wilmington, Delaware, USA / Bridgeman Images

 

Why We Eat Better, 1951 (b/w photo), Henderson, Alexander (1831-1913) / Hagley Museum & Library, Wilmington, Delaware, USA / Bridgeman Images

 

Why We Eat Better

One of the more notable images in the Hagley archives is this photograph of the Czekalinski family from Cleveland, Ohio (left). The photo was taken by Alexander Henderson in 1951 for an article about the advantages of the American economy in the du Pont company's employee magazine, Better LivingThe family of four is pictured alongside groceries a typical American family of four would consume over the entire year.

Many more images are being scanned and catalogued; if you do not find the image you are looking for, drop us a line and we'll help you source it.

 
Advertisement for Naphey's Philadelphia Leaf Lard, c.1880 (colour litho), American School, (19th century) / Hagley Museum & Library, Wilmington, Delaware, USA / Bridgeman Images

 

'Oil Serves America', advertisement for the Sun Oil Company, c.1960 (colour litho), American School, (20th century) / Hagley Museum & Library, Wilmington, Delaware, USA / Bridgeman Images

 

 


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