My African Safari

Pictures and description courtesy of Dick Blacher.

My African Safari

by R. R. M. Carpenter, 1937

This book measures 7" x 5 ½" and has 34 pages. It was bound in Fabrikoid (See notes below) and signed by the Author. The book was printed on an unusual rag or fiber paper.
Robert Ruliph Morgan (R.R.M.) Carpenter (1877-1949) was a member of Pierre S. du Pont's "Wartime Cabinet" during World War I and helped DuPont diversify beyond gunpowder and explosives.

In 1908 he joined DuPont's Development Department, then headed by Pierre's brother, Irénée, and three years later was named Director of that department. Carpenter directed a study of hundreds of businesses outside the explosives industry in order to shape the company's diversification efforts. He recommended that DuPont acquire and develop new product lines such as Pyralin plastics and Fabrikoid artificial leather, then served as President of the DuPont Fabrikoid Company from 1913-1920. In 1914 he was appointed to the Executive Committee and elected to the Board of Directors, where he helped direct the company's operations during World War I.

Fabrikoid was one of DuPont’s first non-explosives products. Produced by coating fabric with nitrocellulose and marketed as artificial leather, Fabrikoid was widely used in upholstery, luggage and book bindings during the early 20th century. In the 1920s, Fabrikoid became the preferred material for automobile convertible tops and seat covers.

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