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A Celluloid Factory At The Turn Of The Century

plastiquarian readers may be interested in the following delightful cameo written by a British Xylonite employee in 1937. Here again, we see how the memories of individuals can add so much to the more 'official [...]

The Building Of An Industry

A PERSONAL VIEW OF A FAMILY BUSINESS Percy Reboul writes: 'It is a particular pleasure to be able to feature in this issue some memories of the early days of British Xylonite which I recorded [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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. [...]

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 [...]