Curator's Corner: “One word: plastics!”


Years before that famous line was uttered to Dustin Hoffman’s character in the 1967 film The Graduate, the Pittsburgh School of Plastics offered specialized training in “the industry that promises to revolutionize modern manufacturing,” according to a 1946 advertisement in The Pittsburgh Press. Plastics were seen as a solution to a more sustainable and carefree future—the postwar period was heralded as the golden age of plastics.

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