The Industry of Orǵanic Plastic Materials

1912 Scientific American  
TilE term "ph1stic materials" is here employed in a restricted sense, including only such materials as celluloid and its numerous substitutes, which can easily be shaped by cutting and grinding, as well as by molding, and ex cluding artificial textile fibers and India rubber and its imitations. The substances of the former class are consumed in great quantities in making photograph films, toys and other small articles. The world's daily output of cellu loid collars amounts to 3,000 dozens, and
more » ... 3,000 dozens, and that of motion picture films to 100,000 linear feet. From the beginning of civilization, horn, bone, tortoise shell and other natural materials of this class have been used for many purposes, for which they are superior to wood but inferior to their artificial substitutes in eheap ness, convenience, facility of working and diversity of applications. Hero, as elsewhere, artificial synthesis sur
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