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Bakelite powder box, 1921 - 1940.

Richardson, Claire

Bakelite powder box, 1921 - 1940.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


From a collection of 292 objects mostly dating from the 1920s and 1930s. The first synthetic thermosetting plastic was patented in 1909 by Leo Baekeland (1863-1944), a Belgian-born chemist who emigrated to the United States in 1889. When combined with a wood flour filler, phenol formaldehyde, known by its trade name 'Bakelite', after its inventor, forms a useful mouldable plastic, with very good electrical insulating properties.

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