First organized in the 1940s, the Plastics Pioneers Association was formally organized in 1948. The PPA is an organization of persons with at least 25 years in the plastics industry, especially those who are considered to have developed or enabled significant innovation in the industry. Members are from the fields of engineering, technology, education, sales/marketing, or management.
Recorded interviews with members of the Plastics Pioneers Association about the plastics industry, its origins, and evolution. Interviewees are listed below and include employees of Bakelite Company, Eastman Kodak, Albany Billiard Ball, Dow Chemical, and others. Topics covered include the injection molding process, plastics in the development of photographic equipment, the health aspects of the plastic industry, plastics in the recording industry, promoting and marketing the use of plastic, and numerous other topics.
Pioneers of Plastic Audiotapes, 1952-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Plastics industry and trade
2011.3046 (NMAH Acc.)
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