Happy National Handwriting Day! We’re celebrating by sharing letters from our Manuscripts and Archives collection. This year’s theme is “en français”.

From top to bottom: 

  • Napoleon Bonaparte to Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, 1797  (WMSS, Group 2, Series A, Item 2218)
  • Marquis de Lafayette to Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, ca 1785-1815 (WMSS, Group 2, Series A, Item 2091)
  • Antoine Laurent Lavoisier to Eleuthere Irenee du Pont de Nemours, 1791 (WMSS, Group 4, Series A, Item 54)
Texas Court Decides Companies Can Legally Lie To Their Employees

Texas Court Decides Companies Can Legally Lie To Their Employees

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If Mitt Romney is right and corporations are in fact people my friend, then they are definitely the kind you don’t want showing up at your parties.

The highest court in Texas decided that a company can legally lie to its employees if the bosses think the employees might bolt if they knew they were about to get screwed. Allow me to explain as you shake your head in…

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Oh, ah Golly Gee - only Nylon Tricot makes lingerie so sigh, so soft, so melody. It’s supple, smooth and terribly shred about little care and long, long, wear. Oh, never a fabric with the spriteness, delightness and everlovin’ rightness to make you feel so never before…
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A very Happy 100th Birthday to our National Parks! To mark the happy occasion, we’ve animated some of the stereoscopes that P. S. du Pont brought home from Yellowstone National Park as souvenirs. Clockwise, these are the Castle Geyser, the Bee Hive Geyser, and the humbly-named Economic Geyser

These stereoscopes, created by Frank J. Haynes, are from the P. S. du Pont Longwood photo collection, in Hagley’s Audiovisual Archives.

Today, June 24th, we’re wishing an explosively happy birthday to Éleuthère Irénée du Pont de Nemours, born on this day in 1771. The son of a political economist, Éleuthère showed an early interest in explosives (though, really, what child doesn’t?) later nurtured under the tutelage of noted chemist Antoine Lavoisier. In the wake of the upheavals of the French Revolution, the du Pont family emigrated to the United States in 1800 and Éleuthère established his family home in Delaware on the banks of the Brandywine Creek. Known as Eleutherian Mills, the site was also home to the gunpowder works Éleuthère founded in 1802 and today serves as the site of the Hagley Museum and Library devoted to the study of business and technology in America.

Sadly, unlike his mentor Lavoisier, we don’t have a comic book detailing E.I. du Pont’s exploits, but perhaps our friends @hagleyvault would be game to write one? Something tells us that would be quite the popular item in the Hagley gift shop! 

Image credit: Williams Haynes Portrait Collection (object ID 2003.900.396), CHF Archives.