The first sample of 100 per cent spun Terylene yarn, c 1949.
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

The first sample of 100 per cent spun Terylene yarn, c 1949.

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Description

Terylene is the trade name for polyethylene terephthalate, a polyester made from ethylene and terephthalic acid. Terylene was first produced by J R Whinfield and J T Dickson in the laboratory of the Calico Printers' Asociation Ltd, and patented on 29th July 1941. ICI bought the world manufacturing rights in 1947 and full-scale commercial production of Terylene began in January 1955. The material was found to be stronger than cotton, with better resistance to moisture, and therefore became a popular fibre for use in manufacturing shirts. Produced at the Shirley Institute, Manchester.
 

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