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  • History Quiz - sorta OT- but not to far

    With out doing a search...

    Who here knows the how and why plastic came to be??

  • #2
    Just one word. Bakelite.
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    • #3
      I think it was in the mid 1800's, celluloid made by accident while trying to make billiard balls (replacement for ivory)?

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      • #4
        I think bakelite came around just before WWI.

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        • #5
          Without doing a search does anyone know how Lexan came about?
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          • #6
            Im still trying to figure out how liberals came about.

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            • #7
              Celluloid was first but Bakelite was far more useful.
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              • #8
                Celluloid was more fun......

                If the process wasn't just right, I have heard it said that heat made it sweat a tiny bit of poor quality explosive....... and then the billiard balls might bang a little louder than usual when they hit each other......

                Just what you needed in a western saloon......in the late 1800s......

                I believe it is possible, don't know if it actually ever happened.
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                Hashim Khan

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                • #9
                  Here is a hint, celluloid wasnt the first. There is one version a few years older (1862).

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                  • #10
                    Heres why I thought this was interesting.

                    I to thought it was celluloid for billiard balls as a replacement of ivory. Hyatt was the guy.

                    I came across a Hyatt "zig-zag" ball and so I was doing a bit of research. They are pricey as a set since they are fairly rare.

                    Anyways, on my search I learned that Hyatt wasnt the first. According to American Plastics Council, a guy in london, Alexander Pakres in 1862 came up with something called Parkesine.

                    It was dropped as in idea and a product becuase of the high cost to produce

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                    • #11
                      I think the real explosion in plastics came with the rise of the petroleum industry and the discovery mostly by the scientists at DuPont of how to polymerize chains of hydrocarbon molecules.

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                      • #12
                        As AZSORT says, that and a need for something better than tree pitch.

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                        • #13
                          Actually isn't the word "plastic" discriptive of a physical property?

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                          Gene
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                          • #14
                            Let's try electrical insulative material.
                            Lynn S.

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                            • #15
                              Plastic = capable of being shaped or formed,ie, pliable.

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