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Plastic button sample cards

Plastics have been described as "materials that can be moulded or shaped into different forms under pressure or heat." They were a cultural phenomenon in the twentieth century when they changed the way objects were produced, designed and used. It was also in the twentieth century that most plastic products moved away from natural raw materials to synthetically produced ones.

The museum's plastics collection began in the 1930s with the acquisition of specimens of plastic raw materials and …


Object No.


Object Statement

Collection of button sample cards (17), casein / perspex / cardboard / textile / metal, made by General Plastics Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1950

Physical Description

A Selection of casein urea and Perspex Button mounted on 17 cards (SB).


Credit Line

Gift of General Plastics Ltd, 1950

Acquisition Date

26 February 1950

Cite this Object


Plastic button sample cards 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 29 March 2023, <>


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