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Articles & Newsletters 2016-12-06T05:35:27+00:00

Bakelite Coinage

Bakelite Coinage PHS Committee member Ian Holdsworth on an unusual usage of plastics. The coin shows King George VI as Emperor of India with a Talipot palm on the reverse What do you do if [...]

Working for Xylonite in Brantham

Working for Xylonite in Brantham Carolyn Clark and Dawn Purves continue their fascinating oral history of the Xylonite Brantham site in Suffolk. Figure 1. The Brantham Site in 1950 Introduction In the previous issue of [...]

News PQ50

News PQ50 In keeping with the celluloid theme, it has been announced that the International table Tennis Federation will be banning traditional ping pong balls made of celluloid from 1/7/14 and replacing them with “Poly [...]


Bournvita Following the article in the last issue about the design of the Bournvita cup, we are delighted to show you the technical drawings for the cup, which demonstrates well the skill that went into [...]

Plastics Playthings and Patents

Plastics Playthings and Patents Alan Wells looks at some classic patented plastic games Figure 1. Plastic Rubik’s Cube, Fighting Robots & Frisbee. Patents of the archetypal modern crazes of Robots, Frisbees and Rubik’s cube (Figure [...]

The History Of G. B. Kent & Sons Ltd

The History Of G. B. Kent & Sons Ltd PHS member Jen Cruse on the history of one of the UK’s most famous hair-care companies Figure 1. Various types of Kent brushes. G. B. Kent [...]

A Brief History of Patent Leather

A Brief History of Patent Leather Textile conservator Joanne Hackett from the Victoria and Albert Museum, runs through the history and development of patent leather Figure 1. Ankle boot shown at the Great Exhibition of [...]

Formica Laminate Design

Formica® Laminate Design PHS member Sylvia Katz on Formica decorative laminates Figure 1.Main bar rotunda, Queen Mary ocean liner, Cunard White Star, 1936 Streamlined Art Deco interior created with glass, chrome and large amounts of [...]

Beastly Designs

Beastly Designs Pam Langdown Collections Manager at the Museum of Design in Plastics describes their current exhibition’s unusual take on plastics.   Beastly Designs is the new exhibition at the Museum of Design in Plastics [...]

Horn an Everyday Plastic

Horn an Everyday Plastic David Oxley, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Horners, reports on last summer’s exhibition at the Frederick Parker Gal­lery, London Metropolitan University. The Worshipful Company of Horners have an unrivalled [...]

Brantham Xylonite – A Living History

Brantham Xylonite – A Living History By Carolyn Clark and Dawn Purves   Figure 1. Despite poor quality, this image shows a reproduction of an original photo of the Brantham site in 1892. It states [...]

British Restaurant Tokens

British Restaurant Tokens Philip Mernick describes a more unusual use of plastics during wartime Figure 1. 32 mm, circular, hole in centre, possibly cellulose acetate. Maker unknown. Obverse BRITISH RESTAURANT British Restaurants were created from [...]