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Inventions Round 1 - Plastic vs Space flight

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    I hadn't seen it before either. Plastics do not date from 1909 they are much earlier - the first synthetic plastic was made in 1856 and named Parkesine in 1856 and Xylonite in 1869, finally ending up as as Celluloid in 1870. Goodyear was developing Ebonite at about the same time. The two come together in some piano keyboards with Celluloid being used for the white keys and ebonite for the black. Large quantities of ebonite were used to make Victorian mourning jewellery. It can also be seen today in the form of tobacco pipe stems and mouth pieces
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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