Dupont Viscoloid Company

The Dupont Viscoloid Company, Inc. is a former plastics manufacturer based in Leominster, Massachusetts.[1]

The Dupont Viscoloid Company, lnc.
HeadquartersLeominster, Massachusetts
United States
Key people
Bernard W. Doyle
Productshair combs, brushes, mirrors, toilet articles, hair ornaments, toys and novelties.


The company was founded by Alexander Paton, Ludwig Stross and Bernard W. Doyle in 1901 as the Sterling Comb Company.[1] In 1912, the three men consolidated a number of smaller plastics manufactures under the name Viscoloid Company.[1] The company pioneered the use of pyroxylin plastic in hair combs, toilet articles, and a number of different products. In 1914, the Viscoloid Company began marketing pyroxylin plastic toys.[2] The toy industry quickly became the company’s most profitable, and the Viscoloid was soon the leading pyroxylin plastic toy manufacturer in America.[2] By 1923, Bernard Doyle had taken over the company and “The Viscoloid” spanned 106 buildings and was the largest employer in Leominster.[1][3] In 1925, the company was sold to the Dupont Company of Leominster and was renamed the Dupont Viscoloid Company, Inc.[3] The company would continually be a giant in the plastics industry until closing in November 1977.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Leominster Historical Commission Book Committee; Tremblay, Gilbert P. (2006). "Business and Industry". Combing through Leominster's History. Office of the Mayor. pp. 145–174.
  2. ^ a b c Lauer, Keith; Robinson, Julie (January 17, 2013). "The History of Celluloid". Archived from the original on November 10, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Hazzard, Thomas; Sanabria, Diane (1999). "Business and Industry". Leominster. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 9–32.