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Weak Dope 2014

Now demolished, the British Celanese complex in Derby was established in World War One to make acetate dope that was used to stiffen and waterproof the fabric covering of early aircraft. In the Thirties, it fed the haute couture market for acetate drape and in World War Two, diverted production to parachutes and underwear for Wrens. In later years this part of the complex produced a cellulose acetate and solvent mixture that was extruded as filaments to create acetate tow, the major part of cigarette filters. Thanks to Clebby for the original tour and Collingwood for accompanying me on the re-visit that didn’t end so abruptly.