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Pioneer Plastic: The Making & Selling of Celluloid
Pioneer Plastic: The Making & Selling of Celluloid
Our Price: $22.00
Year: 1983
Pages: 153
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 299091708

Product Code: 788164589

Robert Friedel. In 1869, an Albany printer discovered how to mix nitrocellulose with camphor under high pressure to yield a hard, shiny, moldable substance which he & his brother called celluloid. This discovery was the dawn of the Plastics Age, but it represented only the first step in establishing a new technology. Examines the 20 years of laboratory trial & error that produced the first artificial plastic, as well as the equally difficult challenge of selling the product to a public that wasn’t sure what to use it for. He shows how the struggle to find uses for the new material & to create markets for it was as significant as solving the problems of making it. Illustrated.

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