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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 237 (213)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 237
Page 237

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 237

Western Air, Inc., recently adopted a Neophene-coated Fiberglas as the supporting fabric for seats in its Stratoliner planes (also used by the Army as 0-75 transports) and for crew bunks in the C-54 passenger and cargo planes. (Neoprene is a type of synthetic rubber, developed by DuPont; Fiberglas, product of the Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation.)

TWA reports that tests and experience with this material showed better results than obtained with other materials under consideration.

Drapery fabrics are now available from Thortel Fireproof Fabrics which are nonliammable. They are of Fiberglas, and are proof not only against fire, but against moths, Silverfish, mildew, and sunlight as well. In addition they can be cleaned without shrinkage.

A recent development is Fiberglas made into non-combustible blankets with excellent heat and sound insulating properties. This new product could be utilized in sound control methods in the motionpicture, radio, and television industries.

Fiberglas mats are now used as wrapping for underground pipelines for protection against electrolysis and corrosion; as a base for a plastic laminated material; and as a base material for gaskets and sheet packing.

Another glass material to be mentioned is Foamglas, manufactured by the Pittsburgh Corning Corporation. Its imperviousness, plus its thermal characteristics, has made it a material to be considered for the insulation of theatres.


Mountain leather, or paligorskite, a rare type of asbestos, is now available

FIRST SCHOOL AUDITORIUM STAGE in the United States to have fireAsafe Fiberglas curtain and backdrop is that of the VonSteuben High School, Chicago. Stirred by potentially tragic eHects of several school auditorium tires in the Chicago area, school authorities installed jade green curtains and backdrop of incombustible



and adaptable to sound-proofing and shock-absorbing uses. Discovery of a deposit near Glacier Bay, Alaska, led to experiments by the United States Department of the Interior's Bureau of Mines on its commercial use in lightweight, acid, and fire-proof products.

New applications are anticipated by the United States Rubber Company for its asbestos textile now being used for military fire-fighting suits and insulating tapes for cable. Fabrics from this'asbestos yarn are extremely light weight.

Asbestos is combined with glass by the Owens-Corning Glass Company to make a new textile cloth which has light weight, high abrasion resistance, and resistance to corrosive fumes and high teme peratures.

Asbeston, developed by United States Rubber, is a cloth-like material made from Iibered asbestos. After the war, it will go into such articles as fire-proof upholstery for theatres and public places. Asbeston can also be made waterproof and impervious to oil and gasoline.



Aluminum yarn will be made into various products after the war. The product can be coated to give added tensile strength, with colors added during the coating process. The yarn is said to be washable and non-tarnishing. It may also be used as formed or twisted around cotton or rayon.

One type of aluminum cloth, in which the Aluminum Company of America is indirectly interested, is manufactured by the A. M. Tenney Associates. This dennitely post-war product. named Kodapak,

lends itself to decorative purposes in drapery and upholstery cloths. In spite of the fact that the yarn does contain metallic aluminum, it is not tire-proof. It does burn much slower than other fabrics, but Kodapak, in its present state of development, could hardly be expected to replace fire-proof or fire-proofed textile materials in theatres.

Metallic yarn, woven into fabrics directly or combined with cotton, wool, or rayon, will soon be ready as the result of a Reynolds Metal Company process.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel of the famed 18-8 comV position has been woven into cloth. While the coarser meshes would make non-rusting screen, the finer weaves are too stiffeand much too expensiveefor service in the theatre, even in the near future. The W. S. Tyler Company has such cloths for special purposes, where the demands for a stainless steel fabric makes price an insignificant factor.

Other Metals

Wire cloth, as fine as 400-mesh, has also been woven from phosphor bronze, Monel, and nickel. When more information is acquired, the metallurgical industry may change its present opinion on the possibilities of wire cloth in the theatre.


As every theatre owner knows, natural fabrics absorb water, shrink, crease and wrinkle, rot and mildew, are eaten by insects, and they wear outeall in a relatively short time. It is small wonder then that Americals scientists have felt

glass yarns. The auditorium's window curtains are also made of iade green Fiberglas. Theatre owners throughout the country are considering more and more the use of such material in theatres. This photograph is used through the courtesy of the Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation Thortel Fireproof Fabrics.

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 237