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Plastics, already proved in war, demonstrate their many advantages and varied uses. Now the plastics industry looks forward to the postwar period when they will be used in countless new ways… improving old products, creating new ones. A growing industry needs men to grow with it. That’s why plastics offer remarkable opportunities to persons of ambition and foresight.

Rugged Silicones Join Space Age (Dec, 1961)

Rugged Silicones Join Space Age

SILICONE compounds—ranging from synthetic rubber to lubricating greases — may be the most versatile chemical products developing for the space age. Some rubber, for example, can be painted over spacecraft to keep them from melting during the tremendous heat of blast-off and re-entry.

Another silicone rubber, with the addition of a chemical, turns from liquid to solid in minutes, withstands a blowtorch flame that will cut through steel, is immune to molten lead, yet lets you hold your hand on one side of a thin layer comfortably while a 5000°F flame is played on the other side.

Elastic Glass Arrives (Oct, 1940)

“Elastic glass” eventually became known as Plexiglass

Elastic Glass Arrives

ARRIVED at last is a transparent glass that actually bends and stretches, a glass that yields comfortably to body pressure and then eases back to its exact original shape. This amazing product of modern science has been hailed as a miracle material. It is water-proof, perspiration-proof, alcohol- proof, easily cleanable and does not support combustion. Despite its elasticity and flexibility, this new glass is tough, durable, does not scuff or crack. It is inert chemically and does not deteriorate.

Pickles Put in Packages of Transparent Rubber (Jul, 1940)

Pickles Put in Packages of Transparent Rubber
Pickles, packaged in envelopes of a transparent rubber product, have been introduced by a leading American food packer. The water-tight container, which is protected by a cardboard box, holds neatly arranged sweet pickles which are packed in fluid just as when they are sold in glass bottles. Besides increasing the attractiveness of the commodity, the new method of packing is reported to eliminate bottle breakage and to reduce the weight of the containers.

PLASTICS – Modern Marvel of Science (Jun, 1939)

PLASTICS – Modern Marvel of Science

by John E. Pfeiffer

Science has learned the secret of converting natural gas. milk, acetates, ammonia and waste materials into useful products that enrich our lives. This is the third article of a series revealing their laboratory magic.

THE plastics industry crept up on the United States during panicky depression years. New that things have calmed down, people have time to look around a bit—and everywhere they look, they see hundreds of plastic-made objects. The moldable rivals of metal, lumber, china, and such materials that go into the making of objects for your home and office, are all around you in various forms, including everything from combs to salt shakers. Jewelry using plastics is to be found in Tiffany’s as well as Woolworth’s. The old-fashioned bar with its wooden surface and brass rail is giving way to stylish bars made with a brilliant array of colored plastics. John D. Rockefeller has plastic-made panels for the bathrooms of one of his homes, and the great ocean liner the Queen Mary uses about $100,000 worth of the new industry’s best wares.

Amazing New Squeeze Bottle (Apr, 1948)

You Squeeze It.
Bottles that you can squeeze are among the latest things to hit the market. But instead of glass, they’re made of flexible plastic and won’t break. The one shown here was molded by Plax Corporation, of Hartford, Conn., and it’s used as a powder container, a hole in the stopper allowing the talcum to be blown out.

Plastic Toys Learn to Crawl Wiggle and Pop (Dec, 1947)

Plastic Toys Learn to Crawl Wiggle and Pop
ALTHOUGH metals for toys are more plentiful now, the war-born use of plastic substitutes is still enjoying a well-earned popularity with the toy makers— and the youngsters. Here are three new recruits to the growing ranks of plastic toys.


Remember when nylon meant wartime queues lined up for scarce hosiery? Nylon means many things today—brushes and gears and egg beaters. Let’s look at this amazing plastic once more as


By Robert E. Paquin

NYLON, A COMMONPLACE WORD today, is just 16 years old, yet to many it seems as if it has always been here. For only 14 years it has adorned feminine legs, but today this tough, durable chemical has invaded a variety of industries. Molded-nylon components now go into everything from egg beaters to motorcars. Nylon’s amazing toughness and resistance to wear, even when lubrication is nonexistent, have made it a first-class engineering material. New uses for the versatile plastic are being found daily.


PLASTIC TOILET SEATS of hygienic design are among the priority goods that will be available for the postwar home. Molded in one piece, and having a smooth finish that requires no varnish or paint, they are easy to clean and will withstand repeated sterilizing. The seats are available in either black or brown, and the manufacturers say they should last a lifetime.

Handbag Holds No Secrets (Nov, 1939)

Handbag Holds No Secrets
A transparent handbag” for women is now becoming a fashionable accessory abroad. Made of a clear, semistiff, transparent plastic material, with decorative stitching at the edges, the bag reveals its contents at all times. The owner can even powder her nose while looking in a mirror that is inside her handbag, as shown in the photograph at the right.