Things have a museum of their own, the “Museum der Dinge / Werkbundarchiv“, and I will not explain what the Werkbund was. Currently there is an exhibition of “Evil things“, until January 2010, don’t miss the photo gallery at the bottom of the page, and if you have some spare time in Berlin go to the Oranienstrasse 25. 
Man creates things and wants them to last. Stone crumbles sooner or later, wood may burn or rot away, most artifacts from metal are remelted, that’s why no Southamerican silver or gold works survived but Spanish dublonzes still litter the European museums.
BUT we have plastics. 
Un-rottable, made for eternity. When Leo H. Baekeland invented a new material, had it patented and started the Age of plastics by founding a company to make money from it in 1910, he well believed that his “Bakelit” would last.
But it does not. Bakelit is a collector’s item today and several museums are specialized in it, f.e. Kierspe, or this virtual museum here. Bakelit is not made for eternity, and collectors describe practices for preserving objects.
As already mentioned the problem is not limited to this resin, other artificial materials are targeted as well.  The Vitra Design Museum explains the difficulties here, it is a problem for collections throughout Europe and the world.


9 thoughts on “Things

  1. Wow! These handbags are tremendous! Thank you for the link, MJ. I only knew the material used for radios and other electrical apparillos and of course for installation, like switches and such. I knew of pins and combs, but not complete sets and these bags or purses are totally new to me.

  2. MJ
    Your collection of old geezer porn is seemingly inexhaustible, ahem.
    Lucite? As I learned this is in Europe know as “Acrylharz” or “Plexiglas”, a transparent free formable kind of plastic with a delicate surface, prone to scratches and braking – at least it’s what I remember from the 60s, I may be wrong.

    Yes, really nice things. I especially like this Mickey Mouse cactus kind of nonsense. A sheer waste of energy, space and time. Who creates such things?

    Acid. Dust. Sunshine.

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