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Bakelite
June 5

Created in 1909 by American chemist Leo Hendrik Baekeland, phenolic resin or 'Bakelite' was the first commercially successful synthetic plastic. Widely popular in the 1920s and 1930s, Bakelite was utilized in a variety of manufactured items including telephones, radios, jewelry, buttons, and flatware. Eventually replaced by other synthetic plastics, the colorful Bakelite objects of the past have become increasingly valued by collectors today.


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