Amsterdam Bakelite Collection

 

Display, produced by Hübner’s Technologie
Dimensions (opened): height x width x depth 50 x 80 x 4 cm (31.50 x 19.69 x 1.57 in.)

GERMAN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE

 

This educational display shows raw materials and finished products manufactured by the German industry in the 1930s, comparable in quality to those of America and Britain. An imprint indicates that the box was used as a teaching tool at an elementary school in Stuttgart.

The world's first bakelite factory became a reality in May 1910 when Leo Baekeland established the Bakelite Gesellschaft m.b.H. near Berlin, collaborating with a local phenol supplier. A few months later, Baekeland founded his U.S. General Bakelite Company.

Once the Nazis took power in 1933, they began preparing for possible war and soon required that the economy be self-sufficient and independent of imports.

Plastics made from local raw materials, such as coal, came to play a significant role in research and production. More attention would be given to armaments than to consumer goods.

AN INSTRUCTIVE OBJECT IN OUR COLLECTION!

 
 

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