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Object NameAshtray
Manufactured ByBakelite
DescriptionBlack Bakelite ashtray. Inside of ashtray is imprinted: "Bakelite Corporation, Bakelite, Chicago. USA" From its earliest commercial use, Bakelite was favored for ashtrays and other tobacco-related products because it could be when thermoset plastic molded products were resistant to heat. This ashtray carries the name of The Bakelite Corporation, which was formed in 1922 (after patent litigation favorable to Baekeland) from a merger of three companies: the General Bakelite Company, which Baekeland had founded in 1910; the Condensite Company founded by J. W. Aylesworth; and the Redmanol Chemical Products Company founded by L. V. Redman. In the 1920s the corporation had offices in New York City and in at 636 West 22nd Street in Chicago.
Date ManufacturedAfter 1922
MaterialPhenol Formaldehyde (PF)
Material Trade NameBakelite
Number of Objects1
Accession Number2009_079.042
DonorGift of Lawrence J Broutman
Broad SubjectTobacco Related
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