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    10 Route 28 (Main Street) West Harwich, MA 02671 - Mailing; PO Box 11 Harwichport, MA 02646

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Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Cadillac Hood Ornament!!!

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Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Carnival Head!

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Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Setter!!!

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Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Ohio Railroad $5!

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Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Junk Art!!!!

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Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Advertising Signs!!

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Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible hand carved double sided head!!

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Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Meerschaum pipe!!!

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Old, Odd, Cool and Collectible Vinyl Records!!

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What is Bakelite??

DSC01023History is shaped by the materials we develope and use.  The first plastic was celluloid, a hard permanent solid at room temps, when heated, it becomes soft and moldable. Heat and pressure was applied to a mix of cellulose nitrate and camphor producing a useable plastic.  40 years later in 1907, Leo Backland found a formula which by adding formaldehyde created a moldable, heat resistant resin devoid of any significant color -  in natural state bakelite is cloudy transparent amber.  Sawdust was added along with color ink/dye. Today, plastics absorb colors readily and are easy to mold.  True bakelite can be tested by rubbing a tiny bit of simichrome polish on the surface with a cottonball. This extracts the formaldehyde and turns the cotton yellow.