Bakelite

Bakelite

Scandal & the Story of Bakelite Bakelite hit the market in 1907, heralding the arrival of the modern plastics industry. Bakelite was the first completely man made plastic, as until then, plastics such as celluloid, casein, and Gutta-Percha all had as a base a natural material. It was developed by Belgian-born chemist Dr. Leo Hendrick Baekeland who started his firm General Bakelite Company to produce the phenolic resin type plastic. Bakelite was inexpensive [...] Click here to continue reading.


Shaving Mug Origin

Occupational Shaving Mugs: a note regarding their origin.

p4A editorial staff

The origin of occupational shaving mugs, American or European, can be a bit murky. Generally they’re considered to be blank mugs imported from Germany and France and decorated in the U.S. with an American theme to please the prospective owner. In fairness to the American ceramics industry, it should be recognized that many blanks were made domestically towards the end of the 19th [...] Click here to continue reading.


John Lawrence Sullivan (1858 to 1918)

John Lawrence Sullivan (1858 to 1918)

John Lawrence Sullivan (1858 to 1918) is generally agreed by boxing historians to be the first Heavyweight Champion of the modern era. He was the last bare-knuckles or London Prize Ring Rules-style champion, but later fought with gloves according to the Queensberry Rules, which made him the link between old style and modern fighting. Nicknamed the “Boston Strong Boy,” he was born in the Roxbury district of Boston [...] Click here to continue reading.


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