Virtual Museum

Plastics Imitating Gems

2016-11-16T08:31:01+00:00

Maggie Campbell Pedersen describes how plastics have enabled women to afford ‘expensive’ jewellery From the time they were invented, plastics have been used to copy organic gem materials - that is, gem materials of plant [...]

Plastics Imitating Gems 2016-11-16T08:31:01+00:00

Bois Durci, A Plastics Antique

2012-07-31T17:26:20+00:00

In the middle of the 19th century Britons witnessed an explosion of ideas inspired by the new sciences, technologies and materials that were being developed throughout the world. The highlights of these were seen at [...]

Bois Durci, A Plastics Antique 2012-07-31T17:26:20+00:00

Great Designs Of The Twentieth Century

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

For today's industrial and domestic designer, plastics are indispensable materials. While metals may be stronger, ceramics operate in higher temperatures and rubbers offer greater elasticity, it is the overall combination of properties enjoyed by plastics [...]

Great Designs Of The Twentieth Century 2016-12-06T05:35:34+00:00

The History Of Combs: An American Perspective

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

It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of combs to the commercial success of the plastics industry. At least two major companies survived and prospered in the early days by making and selling the [...]

The History Of Combs: An American Perspective 2016-12-06T05:35:39+00:00