Bakelite Beads

Bakelite Beads

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Bakelite, the first plastic made from synthetic components, was developed by the Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland in Yonkers, New York, in 1907. In 1931, the Bakelite Corporation gave the Smithsonian several items made of Bakelite. This string of Bakelite beads is from that donation.
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Object Name
Bakelite Beads
Bakelite Corporation
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
overall: 17 1/8 in x 5/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 43.4975 cm x 1.5875 cm x 4.445 cm
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Credit Line
Bakelite Corporation
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National Museum of American History
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