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Tupperware containers, c 1984.

Tupperware containers, c 1984.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


Though manufactured in the 1980s, these tupperware boxes represent designs from the 1960s. Known today by its tradename 'Polythene', the history of polyethylene began in March 1933, when a minute amount of a white waxy solid was found on the walls of an experimental high presure bomb. Thanks to the far-sighted views of a group of ICI Alkali Division scientists, an entirely new range of products were discovered, which have changed the way we live.

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