Breadcrumb Home August 14, 2007 01:00 AM Celebrating a Century of Plastics Tweet Share Share Email More Toggle Fullscreen Share Actress Marie Wilson, perched atop a crane, watches as a 2-ton, 35-foot-high cast of her leg is unveiled in Los Angeles to promote the sale of nylons. Toggle Fullscreen Share This woman holds kitchenware made from Bayer AG's Makrolon polycarbonate. The dishes hit the European market around 1963. The hat? Just a stunning coincidence of color. Toggle Fullscreen Share Leo Hendrik Baekeland, 1863-1944, helped usher in the Age of Plastics. But does today's plastics CEO have anything in common with him? Toggle Fullscreen Share The first extruder manufactured by Davis-Standard, from the 1950s. Toggle Fullscreen Share Bayer envisioned and developed this plastic car, made using polyurethane foam, for the K'67 show. Toggle Fullscreen Share Polycarbonate, invented in 1953 by Bayer AG chemist Hermann Schnell, is admired for its clarity, durability and light weight. Shown here is film made of Bayer's Makrolon PC. Toggle Fullscreen Share Susan Mossman, a curator at the Science Museum in London, stands beside antique plastics machinery. The display is part of the museum's exhibit: "Plasticity -- 100 years of Making Plastics." Toggle Fullscreen Share Britain's contributions to the plastics industry continue: A bottle of artificial plastic blood was created this year by scientists at the University of Sheffield, England.