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Sitio Conte in Real Time: January 12, 1940: “Plastico”


By: Eric Schnittke

January 12, 2015

Plastico

A part of every expedition, the crew for Sitio Conte began to collect supplies. Camps need to be stocked with all sorts of goods, from food and clothing to medical supplies and scientific materials. In collecting supplies, John Corning contacted the Technical Supply Company in Palo Alto, California in regards to Plastico Moulage materials.Plastico Moulage is a rubber material used to create molds, down to the smallest detail. The Technical Supply Company referred Corning to the Warren-Knight Company, local to Philadelphia and still in existence today.

Also included with the letter were informational materials about Plastico Moulage, detailing its various usages. It could be used for various professions, including:

Beauty

Mechanics

The promotional materials also demonstrated it’s uses photographically:

Photo

 

Despite all of its uses, Plastico Moulage was left off the final packing list. The expedition instead chose traditional plaster of Paris.


Letter from  Technical Supply Company to Corning, dated January 12, 1940.
Letter from Technical Supply Company to Corning, dated January 12, 1940.

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