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Leo and Larry — Three recently told stories are brought to life…
In the spring of 2016, a remarkable piece of Baekeland/ Bakelite history was brought to our attention by the daughter of a chemist who worked for Leo Baekeland.
The chemist’s daughter, Nancy Byck Welch located Hugh Karraker, Executive Producer of All Things Bakelite and great grandson of Leo Baekeland through a Bakelite jewelry designer and Costume Jewelry Collectors International.
In three short videos with interviews from Nancy and family photographs, director, John Maher and editor, Craig Mikhitarian, tell the story of Larry Byck and “Dr. Baekeland.”
Experience this amazing and until now, unknown story in these three short video clips —
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In this video, Hugh Karraker interviews Loretta Gardner, a former employee of the Bakelite Corporation at Bound Brook, New Jersey.
Katarina Posch on Design
Katarina Posch was an associate professor of design theory and history at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Presently, Katarina lives in a Vienna, Austria rehab facility following a massive stroke. Donations for her basic needs and ongoing rehabilitation may be made at:
In 2015, Katarina was interviewed for the documentary film, All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic. Using the outtakes from the interview, the film’s director and editor created this video. In it, Katarina gives a vibrant look at the design and product development inspired by Bakelite. Her input during the production of the video was invaluable. Dr. John Decker, Chair of the Department of the History of Art and Design consulted; and Pratt Institute provided partial financial support for the video.
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The primary source and inspiration for this illuminating film is one of the great grandsons of Baekeland himself, Hugh Karraker, who is also the film’s executive producer. All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic is suitable for all audiences interested in the human drama that underlies history, science, business, and design—with the surprising twist that the nature of plastic reveals the nature of people.