The DuPont Company was already 111 years old when it started publishing a self promotional magazine in 1913. Hagley Museum and Library has a digital archive of all 640 issues published through 2003.
As you might expect, covers run the spectrum from cliché and repetitive to refreshing and unexpected, with some classic beauties in the mix.
While the production of the cover image was often discussed in an editor’s note, artistic attribution was rarely supplied. With very few exceptions, a designer or illustrator would simply (and quite mysteriously) be referred to as “the artist.”
“Answering the Clay Target’s Challenge”
Photo of anhydrous ammonia cylinders.
The Story of NYLON
Nylon Goes Aloft
This cover, about the auto industry, is by Domenico Mortellito (1906-1994). The Newark, NJ born artist worked for DuPont designing exhibits, most notably the 1965 World’s Fair Pavillion. Though a number of other illustrated covers over the next couple of years are stylistically very similar to this one, none are credited. Hmmm.
Cover is about the use of "Elvanol" polyvinyl alcohol
to improve the printing quality of paper.
Cover by Vince Hoffman represents "paint-test farms."
New Ideas for Industry's Product Lines through
the Designer and Du Pont
Photographic record of colloidal fibrous boehmite alumina,
as seen through crossed light polarizing screens.
A kaleidoscope of printing inks
Cover about street-sweeping technology is by Allen Wexler.
Fantasy and Fashion
Lively Teen Fashions Leap to the Fore
Stadiums Worth Cheering About
"Chromalin" proofing (some of you might
even know what that is!)
The Number One Look
A Fashion Stir in Sleepwear
The Livin' is Easy With "Blockade"
(flea and tick repellant)
Painting By The Numbers
Number 4 2001
Artistry on Wheels