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Pink polystyrene brooch, c 1940.

Pink polystyrene brooch, c 1940.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


Brooch in the form of a woman's head with a red flower in her hair and red lips. Poystyrene was first developed in 1866 by P E Marcelin Bertholet but not produced commercially until the 1930 when it became a popular material for jewellery and toys. It is used today as a packaging materal and for insulation.

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