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

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.
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
  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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