Plastic Week: Celluloid Charms

Plastic Celluloid Charms

Celluloid is an early plastic. Like many early plastics, celluloid was created as an inexpensive and sustainable alternative to ivory. So a lot of early celluloid items also imitated the work of existing ivory artworks. In this case, Asian themes and/or carving techniques. These charms were no doubt mass produced for the equivalent of a bubble gum machine or Cracker Jack-type “prize.”

These charms show a bit of the decay that unfortunately plagues old celluloid pieces.