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For Collectors – Bakelite: Plastic Planet

Our world would look much different, perhaps with a lot less plastic, had it not been for the advent of Bakelite in the early 1900s. In 1907, Dr. Leo Hendrik Baekeland of Belgium was experimenting with a new form of insulator when he created the compound now known as phenolic formaldehyde resin... He called it Bakelite. From then on, it was all the rage.

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