Friday 4 July 2008

Bakelite the first Plastic

Bakelite is the first synthetic plastic, invented in 1907 by Dr. Leo Baekeland and is a synthetic resin. He named it after himself and proclaimed it as "the material of a thousand uses" A bold statement but true, it is still used today for some electrical components. Manfacturers embraced the new material with enthusiasm and it was put to all sorts of uses that would have stretched even Dr Baekeland's imagination. Here are a few...............

Picnic Set

Electrical Switches

Post war items

..................and you could be buried in Bakelite!

If you wish to see more items visit

The Bakelite Museum, Williton, Minehead, Somerset.

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