Logo first used:
1907 Company founded:
$39.5 billion Industry:
Following its founding as an explosives maker in 1802, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. (NYSE: DD
) went on to create a monopoly on gunpowder manufacturing in its first hundred years of existence. Today, DuPont products include Kevlar, a fiber often used in body armor, and Teflon, which is often used to coat cookware to prevent food from sticking. The original logo design included a ribbon entwined among the letters and the words “Established 1802.” According to the company, these elements were not practical when stenciling the logo onto products and were phased out over time. The company’s signature oval design was introduced in 1907. Before 1948, the dimensions of oval were not standardized, which led to numerous variations.
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