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Faturan

Faturan Ian Holdsworth and Ibrahim Faraj undertake an investigation into a mythical material. Figure 1. Friedrich Adolf “Fritz” Traun photographed in 1907 Figure 2. String of Faturan prayer beads Try this: Search eBay for Bakelite [...]

The Amsterdam Bakelite Collection

The Amsterdam Bakelite Collection PHS member Reindert Groot, chairman of the Amsterdam Bakelite Collection on the phenomenon of how collections expand. Figure 1. Colour samples on ball chains. Figure 2. Samples on rod in display [...]

Rutland Plastics

Rutland Plastics PHS Chairman Steve Akhurst reports on Rutland Plastics. Figure 1. An early company van. Note the old format telephone number. From the smallest English county comes a story of enterprise, ingenuity and perseverance. [...]

Parmali: Progress Towards Permanence

In 1937 The New Insulation Company was established in a former Gloucester City Tramways depot. The product was a composite material of wood and phenolic resin primarily intended for the heavy electrical industry. In its [...]

The Early Years Of Artificial Fibres

Natural fibres such as wool, cotton and flax have an ancient history. Other natural but unusual fibres utilised have included spiders' webs, and of course the cocoon filament of the silkworm turned into luxurious silk. [...]

Distillers Impact On The Plastics Industry

A Boardroom View by Ted Westnedge The years immediately following the end of the second world war are of particular historical significance. The move away from the traditional thermosets and semi-synthetics towards the newer thermoplastics [...]

The Repair of Plastics: Part 2

POLYESTER RESINS: These are the resins used to bond glass mat into socalled 'fibreglass' and come in paste form or liquid. A convenient type of the former is Plastic Padding General Purpose which comes in [...]

Members' Collections

Hazel Page stores thousands of buttons in an 18 drawer printers tqpe chest. How did it all start? Teaching children embroidery sounds harmless enough, but one day in the early 1970's something caught my eye [...]

Shellac Union Cases

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 [...]

The Repair of Plastics: Part 1

First of a Two-Part Feature We would all like perfect examples of antique plastics, but often have to make do with blemished pieces, or worse, accept accidental damage that may happen to a prized possession. [...]

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 [...]