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Bakelite was everywhere
(or so it seemed)
Bakelite
One of the first plastics made from synthetic components (phenol and formaldehyde), It was used for its electrical non-conductivity and heat-resistant properties.  It was invented in 1907.

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Posted by GlenEllyn at 10:11 am (PDT) on Mon July 10, 2017   
I own a vintage Toastmaster toaster from the early 1960s with bakelite handles. I aquired it about three years ago. I use it a lot and it works beautifully - better than any toaster I've had in the past 25+ years.
Posted by Bob Wilson Jr at 8:54 am (PDT) on Wed April 21, 2010   
Baskelite was invented by Leo Baekeland, a Swedish chemist and Union Carbide acquired the rights to make and market it in the US back at the end of the 1930's.

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