Bakelite Souvenir

Bakelite Souvenir

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Earl Silas Tupper (1907-1983), the inventor/entrepreneur who would later create Tupperware, probably picked up this Bakelite souvenir at the New York World’s Fair of 1939. It has a 6-inch ruler on one side, and an inscription that reads "B / Trade Mark / Bakelite / The / Material / of a / Thousand / Uses." A paper tag reads on one side, "FJS / Made in / U.S.A. / Molded on / Stokes / Automated / Press." The F. J. Stokes Machine Co. was a Philadelphia firm that made presses of various sorts.
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Object Name
Souvenir Scale
Bakelite Souvenir
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
Physical Description
plastic, bakelite (overall material)
overall: 9.3 cm x 3.1 cm; 3 11/16 in x 1 1/4 in
overall: 3 5/8 in x 1 5/16 in x 1/4 in; 9.2075 cm x 3.33375 cm x.635 cm
ID Number
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accession number
Credit Line
Glenn O. Tupper
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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