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Plastics Cap Badges Of The British Army

2016-12-06T05:35:34+00:00

Army cap badges had to be cheap and were moulded in cellulose acetate. Peter Fuller describes an interesting family of collectables. In 1941 Britain was suffering from a severe metal shortage due to our isolation [...]

Plastics Cap Badges Of The British Army 2016-12-06T05:35:34+00:00

A Short History Of Philite

2016-12-06T05:35:39+00:00

The Philips Company ("Royal Philips") of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, was one of many factories worldwide which exploited Leo Baekeland’s invention. Today Philips is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of electrical and electronic goods. [...]

A Short History Of Philite 2016-12-06T05:35:39+00:00

In The Service Of Women

2016-12-06T05:35:43+00:00

Richard Schoevaart describes how plastics have revolutionised contraception Rubber-related materials dominated contraceptive devices during the 19th and early 20th century. Many other polymeric materials have been, and continue to be, used in this field since [...]

In The Service Of Women 2016-12-06T05:35:43+00:00

Shellac Union Cases

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

When Louis Daguerre, a French artist , used a camera obscura and a polished and silvered copper plate to produce the first photographic images in 1839, photography was born. These delicate ' daguerreotypes' were protected [...]

Shellac Union Cases 2016-12-06T05:35:33+00:00