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Phenolics in the 1930s

2016-12-06T05:35:33+00:00

Phenol formaldehyde plastics are inevitably linked with Bakelite Limited and we may need to remind ourselves that, in terms of the history of the industry, they were by no means the only company making the [...]

Phenolics in the 1930s 2016-12-06T05:35:33+00:00

Some Viscose Personalities Part One

2016-12-06T05:35:31+00:00

As described in plastiquarian no. 15(1), the cellulose chemists Cross, Bevan and Beadle took out a patent in 1892 for 'improvements in dissolving cellulose and allied compounds'(2). By 1898 the Viscose Spinning Syndicate Ltd. (VSSL) [...]

Some Viscose Personalities Part One 2016-12-06T05:35:31+00:00

The Design & Manufacture of the GPO 162 Telephone

2016-12-06T05:35:32+00:00

This case study looks at the design of a telephone that is considered to be a landmark in a hundred years of development: the GPO (General Post Office) 162, known as the 'hand combination set'. [...]

The Design & Manufacture of the GPO 162 Telephone 2016-12-06T05:35:32+00:00

Hale End: Home Of Xylonite

2016-12-06T05:35:32+00:00

The British Xylonite Company dates back to the foundation of the plastics industry with the material - celluloid - with which its name is synonymous. As a member of the dynasty that presided over its [...]

Hale End: Home Of Xylonite 2016-12-06T05:35:32+00:00