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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Happy birthday, Bakelite!!! This synthetic material was first synthesized in 1906, and its inventor, Belgain chemis Dr. Leo Bakeland, announces its existence on February 5, 1907.
Bakelite was used for everything from radios to telephones, silverware to dishware, jewelry to artwork, dice to cue balls. Its translucent quality made it a favorite of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne artists.