Celluloid Doll


John Wesley Hyatt (1837-1920) was an American inventor who, in 1869, obtained a patent for a solid, stable nitrocellulose that he termed celluloid. He formed the Albany Dental Plate Company in 1870, and then the Celluloid Manufacturing Company in 1872. The donor believed that this celluloid doll was blow molded by John Wesley Hyatt in the 1890s.

Date Made: 1890-19001890s

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: 1983.0626.06Catalog Number: 1983.0626.06Accession Number: 1983.0626

Object Name: Celluloid Doll

Measurements: overall: 89 mm x 38 mm x 16 mm; 3 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in x 5/8 inoverall: 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in x 2 7/8 in; 1.27 cm x 3.81 cm x 7.3025 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-e876-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_749

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