Transparent Wrappers for Packages Can Be Home-Made (Jan, 1930)

Transparent Wrappers for Packages Can Be Home-Made
THIN, transparent, waterproof wrappers for covering packages intended for gifts may be easily and cheaply made at home, giving a truly cosmopolitan appearance to gifts. A thin, liquid celluloid is made by dissolving strips of clear celluloid in either ether and alcohol or amyl acetate. Coloring matter may be added at this stage if desired to increase its attractiveness.

5 comments
  1. Neil Russell says: August 31, 20104:01 am

    Just in time for Christmas too!
    I’ll wrap everything this way.
    Just melt some of this old “Metropolis” movie Grandpa had tucked away, darn thing’s too long anyway… nobody will miss a few scenes…a little ether…mmm smells good…
    Now what was I doing again?

  2. jon says: August 31, 20105:10 am

    I like how it pours into such a neat rectangular shape!

  3. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: September 1, 20101:50 pm

    Oh boy, dissolving stuff in *ether* and alcohol [didn't say which alcohol]. Wheeeeee! It was definitely another time. About the only place I know where to get ether at the consumer level now is in auto starting fluid. I’m not sure if you could buy it [like so many chemicals] at your local pharmacy. If I remember correctly around 1930 celluloid wrapping paper was pretty pricey especially during the Great Depression so making it at home was somewhat sensible if you had ether and some sort of non-potable alcohol laying around.

    Microfilm model aircraft work uses similar products commercially prepared You pour the chemicals on water to get a flat, thin film that sets up in minutes. I’d have to check what they use to dissolve the plastic. http://www.indoordurati…

  4. Toronto says: September 4, 20106:41 pm

    I think the only think commonly made from celluloid these days are ping-pong balls (and even some of them are made of something less flammable these days.)

    Adding ether, of all things, would be a very bad idea if you’re a smoker, or have candles nearby, or heck, if you scuff your feet on the carpet, even.

  5. Firebrand38 says: September 4, 20108:53 pm

    Toronto: And guitar picks

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