|Bakelite and Faturan Beads in 1922 - 1923|
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My contact has found some fascinating info, including several items from 1923, showing Bakelite and Faturan beads.
The first picture shows a 1923 window display in the famous Bamberger department store building in Newark, NJ. Text below the photo says in part, "The unusual colors, with their delicate hues and striking resemblance to the actual jems [sic] themselves, result in an ever increasing demand for Bakelite Jewelry."
The second item is an ad from a 1923 German newspaper (sorry, I don't have the exact reference) showing that both Bakelite and Faturan were being made into beads near Hamburg, Germany. Other information gathered by my new contact shows that Faturan beads were being imported into the US in 1922 by the Royal Jewelry Mfg. Co., New York.
These items show clearly that Bakelite and Faturan beads were commercial items in the early 1920s. Hopefully this information is helpful to people who have phenolic resin beads and are trying to date them. I also hope to dispel the mistaken idea, mentioned a few times on this forum, that there are no such things as Bakelite beads.
I am continuing my search for information about the history of phenolic beads since they may have been in circulation in the 1910s as well - I just can't prove it yet!