This pair of underwear shows signs of wear such as fraying to the elastic waistband and a run down the left side. This culture of wear-testing synthetic fibers was an important part of DuPont’s research and development culture. Such studies continued throughout future decades, for example in 1970s control top panty hose.


  • Title: Wear-Test Underwear
  • Creator: DuPont
  • Date Created: 1937/1940
  • Provenance: Science History Institute

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