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Henri and Camille Dreyfus, brothers from Switzerland, set up several factories devoted to the manufacture of cellulose acetate in the early 1900s. One of the uses of cellulose acetate was as aircraft dope to waterproof and harden the fabric covering airplane wings. At the onset of World War I, aircraft dope was in great demand. The Dreyfus brothers soon focused their efforts solely on the manufacture of aircraft dope and in 1917 agreed to build a factory in Cumberland, Maryland. This factory, however, was not completed until after the end of World War I.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0765

Creator

Worden, Edward C.

Date

bulk 1916-1918

Provenance

Unknown

Extent

0.36 Cubic feet ((1 box))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Scope and Contents

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Rights

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Topics Aircraft industry
Aeronautics
Cellulose Acetate

Citation

Cellulose Acetate Manufacture and Acetate Dope Airplane Coating Report, Accession number XXXX-0765, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

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