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Thermos jug, c 1930-1950.

Thermos jug, c 1930-1950.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


Made of brown bakelite. Leo Hendrik Baekeland, a Belgian-American chemist, announced the world's first artificial plastic in 1909. Bakelite, as he called the plastic, was a powder that set when it was heated and presed. It did not conduct heat or electricity, so it was a good replacement for pottery parts in electrical equipment.

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