Celluloid Novelty


In 1935, the Smithsonian mounted an exhibit of plastic and other synthetic materials. This celluloid novelty is one of several items that the Celluloid Corporation provided for that purpose.

The “P. Ballantine & Sons / Ales / Beers” inscription refers to one of the oldest breweries in the United States. The company was founded in 1840 as the Patterson & Ballantine Brewing Company in Newark, N.J. Peter Ballantine, one of the founders, bought out his partner around 1850 and bought land near the Passaic River. His three sons joined the business and in 1857 the company was renamed P. Ballantine and Sons.

Advertiser: P. Ballantine & SonsMaker: P. Ballantine and Sons

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Celluloid Corporation

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.318496.018Catalog Number: 318496.018Accession Number: 133593

Object Name: Celluloid Novelty

Measurements: overall: 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 7/8 in; .635 cm x 6.35 cm x 7.3025 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-e030-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_2336

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