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Posted By: David Green
Posted On: Saturday May 23, 2020 at 11:17 AM
That too.
My father had a plastics factory just after WWII. They used primarily Bakelite for radio cases, phones etc. That was in England. I believe that in the USA, Tenite was more common. It allowed more colour options. I think, if memory serves, Tenite was petroleum based while Bakelite was coal based plastic.
In 1945 in the UK, coal for home use got so scarce that we used to burn scrap bakelite in our fireplaces (no central heating). I remember it smelled terrible.
Sorry about the digression.

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That 1940/41 Chevrolet steering wheel inside the steering wheel (pic) by David Holcombe #48377
Wow! I didn't know they were made out of Tenite!....What's Tenite? (EOM) by John Kuvakas #48377.1Moderator
Tenite a plastic developed by Eastman Kodak by David Green #48377.1.1
I thought the old phones were made out of Bakelite... (EOM) by Terence Slekar #48377.1.1.1
That too. by David Green #48377.
Thanks, David! Digress on! (EOM) by John Kuvakas #48377.

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