Plastics Historical Society: From Bakelite to Xylonite

Plastics Historical Society: From Bakelite to Xylonite Membership of PHS is open to anyone interested in plastics, rubbers and other polymers. The society's international membership is drawn from collectors, industry, education, museum staff, libraries, and auction houses, and represents all age groups.

The Plastics Historical Society was formed in 1986 and was first to draw attention to the heritage of the plastics industry and to celebrate all things plastic,; from Bakelite to Xylonite.

Mission: To encourage the study of all historical aspects of plastics and other polymers, including synthetic fibres, rubber and elastomers. As well as products and their design.

Operating as usual

25/08/2020
Anti-Slavery Patrols - The West Africa Squadron

It took 50 years, and the debt was only paid off about 5 years ago. The rest of Europe resisted, but superior fire power and faster ships with dedicated Navy and political will, made it happen.

Title says it all really, we look at something that was definitely worth doing, which really should have been done much sooner.

‎Karel Julien Cole‎ to Plastics Historical Society: From Bakelite to Xylonite11 hrs · No. 1A Autographic Kodak Special f...
29/01/2020
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‎Karel Julien Cole‎ to Plastics Historical Society: From Bakelite to Xylonite
11 hrs ·
No. 1A Autographic Kodak Special from 1914

On April10 1915 Leo Hendrik Baekeland
wrote in his diary 17:

"...a nice personal letter of George
Eastman who forecents me with
one of his new model Kodaks
of which sides are pressed of Bakelite"
https://transcription.si.edu/view/7679/NMAH-AC0005-D17-064"

This Autographic Kodak is probably the first camera with parts from bakelite and the oldest piece in my bakelite collection that can be dated.
#bakelite

28/01/2020
BBC Earth

After Grenfell, this looks less like a good idea, but maybe with care it can be implemented.

These classrooms are made from 100% plastic waste ♻️

BBC World Service

Latest Plastiquarian Magazine just published! see below for contents
28/01/2020

Latest Plastiquarian Magazine just published! see below for contents

The PHS is pleased to announce that 63 plastics-related videos, digitised from old films, are now available on our Websi...
29/05/2019

The PHS is pleased to announce that 63 plastics-related videos, digitised from old films, are now available on our Website www.plastiquarian.com, exclusively watchable by members logged in to the members area.

** For members who have forgotten their password, they should use the "click here to reset" link in the login area at the bottom of the home page.

Some of the videos have alternate versions.

There is a cumulative star rating voting system to allow you to award a video 1 to 5 stars (the videos have been given a guide rating of 1 to 10 by Colin Williamson who was responsible for collecting the films).

"We are delighted to be able to offer for viewing our valuable collection of films to members here on the PHS website. This material covers a period of time from the 1930's and describes materials, products and processes as well as people and companies. This is a valuable resource which we hope will interest students of history and society as well as the plastics professional and the just plain curious! The material provides good insight into the excitement behind new developments in materials and processes and how well they were marketed to the public. They also show the great investment in investigation and innovation by the founders of the plastics industry.

This resource will add to the large collection of articles and newsletters that are already available to members. I hope you enjoy referring to them all.

Dr Mathew Philip
Chair - PHS"

In case of difficulties, do not hesitate to contact me, Alan Wells PHS Webmaster

Event Today 11th April 2019
11/04/2019

Event Today 11th April 2019

PHS Christmas Event: Friday 14th December at IOM3
29/11/2018

PHS Christmas Event: Friday 14th December at IOM3

26/10/2018
Golem13

Golem13

Les assemblages en plastique de Thomas Deininger golem13.fr/assemblages-plastique-de-thomas-deininger/

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 6pm at IOM3:"Adolph Spitteler & The History of Galalith"by Dr Guenter Lattermann*For details ...
26/04/2018

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 6pm at IOM3:
"Adolph Spitteler & The History of Galalith"
by Dr Guenter Lattermann
*For details and booking see flyer*

26/07/2017

THE PHS PRESENTS
Wednesday 4th October 2017
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
297 Euston Road, London NW1 3AQ

The History of 3D Photography
by Shawm Kreitzman

10 most Wantede Plastics Articles see http://www.10most.org.ukEach of these 10 objects from the Museum of Design in Plas...
31/08/2014
10most.org.uk | 10 Most Wanted

10 most Wantede Plastics Articles see http://www.10most.org.uk

Each of these 10 objects from the Museum of Design in Plastics conceals a mystery;
there's something about it we don't know and need your help to find out.

Each of these objects from the Museum of Design in Plastics conceals a mystery; there's something about it we don't know and need your help to find out.

10/09/2012

PHS Exhibition with Worshipful Company of Horners - Horn: An Everyday Plastic - judged "very professional and informative" by V&A and Science Museum.
Free, all volunteer organized, Public outreach and education Exhibition on the origins of the Plastics Industry, including Apprenticeships, run by an ancient Livery Company who re-invented themselves to become a modern City (of London) Institution representing the Plastics industry.
Closing reception included the Masters of many other City Livery Companies at Parker Gallery, London Metropolitan University.
Ran during London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as part of The Mayor of London's cultural London events.
Three more treasures from The Horners' Collection are still on display at The Guildhall at the "Butcher Baker, Candlestick Maker " Exhibition of historic items from the collections of over 100 Livery Companies, never normally on public view. Horners' Polymer Committee will visit on 18th September.

20/02/2012

Astonishing £797.77 just been paid for Evening in Paris blue mottled bakelite toby jug perfume holder. Still, never seen it before so collectors would have been out for the kill.

10/03/2011

Just seen on Ebay a claimed Carvacraft filing tray. Never seen one before. Looks real, is it? And if an unidentified item, should go in newsletter?

06/03/2011

Just seen the two fantastic Fornells boxes on Ebay - moulded to perfection.

22/02/2011

What about A for acrylic?

Bought this last week, French celluloid cigarette case, and beautiful condition, except for broken finger, but given fra...
22/02/2011

Bought this last week, French celluloid cigarette case, and beautiful condition, except for broken finger, but given fragility, amazing some have survived. can't believe they were used.

20/02/2011

On Wednesday the 16th February, we had an evening of Films:

1. "Strength in Plastics; 70's film of GPG.

2. "Designing in Plastics": David Harman Powell in a film by the OU, 1972.

3. "Ekco at Southend": TV and Radio production EPD.

4. "Ekco hits the headlines": Film provided by Southend Museum.

5. "Post-war polyethylene": About polyethylene for civil applications after WW2, in a film of ICI and BXL.

Address

C/O Institute Of Materials, Minerals & Mining, 297 Euston Road,
London
NW! 3AQ

General information

The PHS is an independent society affiliated to the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB, UK and run by a committee elected at the AGM each year.

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No. 1A Autographic Kodak Special from 1914 On April10 1915 Leo Hendrik Baekeland wrote in his diary 17: "...a nice personal letter of George Eastman who forecents me with one of his new model Kodaks of which sides are pressed of Bakelite" https://transcription.si.edu/view/7679/NMAH-AC0005-D17-064" This Autographic Kodak is probably the first camera with parts from bakelite and the oldest piece in my bakelite collection that can be dated. #bakelite