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Comb - Orange Plastic, circa 1915-circa mid-20th century Archaeology Reg. No: HA 58

Summary:
The first synthetic plastic was bakelite, invented in 1907. Pryalin plastic was used to manufacture toothbrushes, combs, pens, baby toys and kitchen gadgets from circa 1915.
Description:
One fragment of an orange-coloured plastic comb. Manufactured after circa 1915.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Godden Mackay Logan Heritage Consultants, 2009
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical

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Tagged with: world heritage, royal exhibition building, archaeology, hair, hair combs
Themes this item is part of: World Heritage, World Futures, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Western Forecourt Collection
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Secondary Classification: Hygiene
Tertiary Classification: hair
Activity: Hygiene
Specific Activity: Hair
Trench Unit Number: H11/3/4/003
Manufacturer: c 1915-c 1958
References: Miller et al 2000: 16; Katz 1994: 3
Bibliography:
  1. [Article - Journal] Miller, George L., et al. Telling Time for Archaeologists. Newsletter of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology. 29: 1-22., 2000, 16 Pages
  2. [Book], Sylvia Katz, Early Plastics, Shire Publications Ltd, Buckinghamshire, 1994, 1994, 3 Pages

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