(1909) Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic, is announcedLeo Baekeland, a Belgian-born chemist working in New York, announces his invention of the world’s first manmade plastic material, naming it Bakelite. It will help launch the plastics revolution.Bakelite, or polyoxybenzylmethyleneglycolanhydride, is an early plastic. It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde. It was developed by the Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland in Yonkers, New York, in 1907.
Inventor: Leo Baekeland
Bakelite Color Chart, showing “Bakelite Pearl Colors” (pink, yellow, pale pink, green, white and purple) and “New Bakelite Jewel Quality Colors” (various yellows, ambers, red, greens, orange, mottled). Originally published in Gifts to Treasure, Embed Art Company catalog, 1924. wiki/Bakelite4.8.d17