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Albany Dental Plate Co.

1870  - 

Founded by John Wesley Hyatt and Isaiah Hyatt for the manufacture of celluloid dental plates, the firm soon produced knife handles, piano keys, and various other items resembling ivory. The Hyatts also supplied celluloid tubes, sheets, rods, and blocks to other manufacturers. In 1872 the firm moved to Newark, New Jersey, and was renamed the Celluloid Manufacturing Company (or Celluloid Company) and shifted to making unprocessed celluloid, which other manufacturers purchased to transform into products.

See: Raymond B. Seymour and George B. Kauffman, "The Rise and Fall of Celluloid," Journal of Chemical Education 69, no. 4 (April 1992), pp. 311-314

See: John Wesley Hyatt Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University

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