Plastic Bottle


According to the donor, this is the first blow-molded plastic bottle, and it was made at an experiment station in 1938. It is thus reasonable to assume that it was associated with the first plastic blow molding machine developed by Enoch Ferngren and William Kopitke. A paper once associated with the bottle read “Formula Y—Lot 1041—13/16” extrusion—Tubes 370—Compression 400.”

Ref: Enoch Ferngren and William Kopitke, “Apparatus for Forming Hollow Articles from Organic Plastic Material,” U.S. Patent 2,175,154 (October 3, 1939), assigned to the Plax Corporation.

Date Made: 1938

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of J. Harry DuBois

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1983.0626.05Catalog Number: 1983.0626.05Accession Number: 1983.0626

Object Name: Plastic Bottle

Measurements: opening: 51 mm; x 2 inoverall: 165 mm x 70 mm; 6 1/2 in x 2 3/4 inoverall: 6 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 16.51 cm x 6.985 cm


Record Id: nmah_748

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