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Plastics and Rubber Weekly


John Whitehead, who spent nearly 30 years with the industry’s familiar newspaper Plastics and Rubber Weekly, reports on its half century milestone this year. Figure 1. First day cover – PRW’s first edition in 1964 [...]

The Notebooks of Alexander Parkes 1


Among the collection of Parkesine items given to the Plastics and Rubber Institute by the descendants of Alexander Parkes are notebooks which give a fascinating insight into the mind of the 'father of the plastics [...]

The Plastes Story


'Who was Plastes ?' was a Christmas Quiz question, and the only answer given was -'the author of the book 'Plastics In Industry'. Now all is revealed. I started my working life in one of [...]

From Milk to Manicure Sets: The Casein Process


Casein plastic is noted for its colour and wide range of decorative effects. It was produced in white, delicate pastel shades, vivid hues and black, including metallic and pearl effects. Transparent colours were not generally [...]