Du Pont Canvas Utility Bag

Sometimes, we as consumers don’t necessarily have access to everything quality and well-made. Throughout history, the military has provided a fine example of an institution that reserves the right to some superior products for themselves. The dependence of a person’s life on a functioning buckle or zipper or the endurance of a material under extreme conditions, draws an attention to detail that consumers often don’t get the luxury to experience. Industry is another good example.

Du Pont canvas utilitarian bag.

Well-travelled Du Pont canvas utilitarian bag.

Industrial purchasers have big wallets and tend to get less caught up in unnecessary innovation or flashy design. The right material is put where it’s best served. With important purchases costs are secondary and form follows function.

Vintage Canvas Bag

Du Pont canvas utilitarian bag, detail of the leather strap.

This bag from Pro Can Corp. was made for Du Pont.

Linen Canvas

Du Pont utilitarian bag, detail of stamp of linen canvas.

I wonder what they transported inside? Whatever it was, they certainly wanted to keep it safe. Its content was protected by thick canvas and secured by a leather strip that runs through durable metal buckets, which can be secured with a pad lock.

Vintage Du Pont canvas bag

Du Pont canvas utilitarian bag, with metal ring for pad lock.

The bottom is made out of a unusual thick rubber/PVC. Maybe to protect from chemical spills?

Can Pro Corp., Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Du Pont canvas bag from Can Pro Corp., Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.

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