Overall: 9/16 x 2 15/16 x 3 15/16 in. (1.5 x 7.4 x 10 cm)
Autograph book with celluloid cover embossed with an image of a rose. Back cover and spine lined with red velvet.
Gift of Dadie and Norman Perlov and Daughters
Celluloid, the first entirely synthetic plastic, was invented by John Wesley Hyatt (1837-1920) of Albany in 1869. It is created from nitrocellulose and camphor along with dyes and other agents. Hyatt first developed the material as a less expensive alternative to ivory in the production of billiard balls. Hyatt's invention was pa