Early Plastic Celluloid Bangles

Let’s recap. Many early (pre-1930s) plastics were created in attempt to create cheaper versions of ivory (or tortoise shell or jet, in the case of gutta percha). Celluloid — a derivative of cellulose and alcoholized camphor — is one of these early plastics. When you run it under hot water, it gives off a camphor (mothball) smell. The bangles above are made of celluloid. I’m not certain when they were made, but my guess would be 1930s or 1940s.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I do have an appreciation for plastic. If you like the cheap and cheerful, you should visit Galessa’s Plastics fantastic Flickr Photostream for beautiful shots of objets plastiques.