When celluloid was first invented and became famous, and this was in the 1870s, almost all dolls were beating and fragile – biscuits, papier-mache, and wax, all these materials were easily broken. So it is not surprising that puppet companies began experimenting with celluloid rather quickly after its appearance. By the early 1900s, celluloid dolls were already numerous, as celluloid is easily formed and inexpensive to produce.
Today’s post is just an overview. While I was busy with orders, I have collected a few beautiful outfits for my dolls. Here they are my dolls. These dolls are made of a material called Celluloid. A bit of history about this stuff.
Celluloid – one of the first synthetic plastics ever created by man, and that in itself is remarkable.
By the early 1900 s celluloid dolls were already numerous, as celluloid is easily molded and inexpensive to manufacture. This plastic created on the basis of wood products that includes cellulose nitrate and camphor. First established in 1863, it has become a popular material for the manufacture of such items as decorations and dolls. The main period of production falls.
This plastic created on the basis of wood products that includes cellulose nitrate and camphor. First established in 1863, it has become a popular material for the manufacture of such items as decorations and dolls. The main period of production falls in the 1870-1930 years.
Celluloid was not the perfect plastic for made dolls. Celluloid is a flammable and easily spoiled when exposed to moisture. Also, it was too cracking and yellowing. Celluloid dolls are very diverse: the size can vary from 3-5 cm to meters for large Japanese celluloid baby dolls. The majority of plastic dolls are usually not too large, because of the lightness and fragility of the plastic. Therefore, in many collections of dollhouses, the most popular are miniature plastic dolls.
Hundreds of different companies have produced celluloid dolls in different countries – in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the USA, and others. As I know, Germany began to produce them before anyone. later these dolls will make the USA and Japan. A well-known company for the production of celluloid dolls includes Rheinische Gummi und Celluloid Fabrik Co. (Germany, the sign of the turtle), Petitcolin (France) and Irwin (USA).
Dolls collection what you see in the photo, made in Germany, and marked ES.
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