Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Retro Wednesday.....





As always, I apologize for the piss poor picture quality.
The mirror that I am holding, sat on my grandmother's dresser for as long as I can remember. It is made out of Bakelite, pronounced Bay-Ka-Lite!
Bakelite was the worlds First true synthetic plastic. Also it was moldable.
Bakelite was very durable, but it could Not be remelted or remolded. It was used for jewelry, radios, telephones, and even hand held makeup mirrors!
To this day 'Retro' Bakelite in Mint condition, is worth beacoup bucks.
Mines worth a lifetime of fond memories.
As we all shall be someday...Fond Memories!
Peace...!!!





(Too Maudlin?)

21 comments:

Brian Miller said...

what a cool, very tangible, memory...nice.

dons_mind said...

my bake-a-lite radios are some of my favorites! not real sure if they still use that stuff for anything...think maybe the lite-weight plastics did away with good ole bake-a-lite.....shame....

Ms Hen said...

This is interesting. Thanks for sharing this.. really, thank you. I love hearing historical facts.

Serena said...

You just keep on pulling stuff out of that museum of yours, don't you? Wow. Just wow. I know what Bakelite is but I don't think I've ever owned anything made of it.

Susan said...

I've always wanted a bekelite radio. They look so cool.

Twisted Susan said...

Thinking about your old granny is nice.

Titanium said...

Bakelite that brings back golden memories: pricelss.

clean and crazy said...

they don't make it like they used to do they.

MomsJournal said...

I'm always learning something new. Thanks G-man. :)

Akelamalu said...

You have some real treasures G-man!

Dulce said...

Your retro always amazes me... and makes me smile...
Thank you G MAn

PattiKen said...

I remember eating with bakelite-handle tableware as a kid. I think my dad accumulated the set piece by piece, from the gas station. "Filler-up, get a free fork!"

The Turning Point said...

Bay-ka-lite
As an working electrician(once an electrician always an electrician) in one of of my other lives I installed many a bridle switch or receptacle plate.
Fond memory? Mixed and a little cloudy with the booze.

JF

Jessie said...

sweet memory -- you really are a softie aren't you??? lol

don't worry, your secret is safe with me ... whoaaaaaaaaa

buffalodick said...

It was a phenolic that was heat resistant and somewhat brittle by today's standards- generally cast..

Mama Zen said...

Not too maudlin at all!

the walking man said...

sniff the Bakelite it will forever retain the heavy odor of carbon and oil.

Better to have stuff from the past before you become the past because what we have today is all geared to be pretty much throwaway eh?

Titanium said...

'Cause you're super cool and you know yer way around hammers...

Come visit me… I’ve got a silly award to give away, ‘cause god knows I can’t keep it for myself.

G-Man said...

Brian..
Don..
Betty Ann..
Miss Begotten..xo
Posting Sue..
Twisted Sue..
Titanium..
Grateful Sue..
Erica and Sophia..
Pearlie Mae...
Dulce..
Pattiken..
TP..
Jessie..
Buff..
MZ..
Mark...
Thanks 'T'..And thanks everybody for taking the time to stop and visit, You Guy's ROCK!!!!

lime said...

memories are priceless indeed.

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