Celluloid was eventually replaced by Kodak Safety Film, though celluloid can still be found in items like table tennis balls and guitar picks.
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Better Films Through Chemistry
Celluloid is trademarked
Cellulose nitrate, or celluloid, was originally trademarked on this day by John Hyatt for use in billiard balls.
Less than ten years later, inventor George Eastman experimented with the compound looking for an alternative to the glass plates used in photography. Eastman discovered celluloid could be melted down into a strong, yet extremely thin film, and in 1885 he introduced the first transparent photographic film.
With this, Thomas Edison’s notable invention, the motion picture camera, was able to record images in 1891, thanks to celluloid’s flexibility and strength. Unfortunately, it was also discovered that celluloid is a highly flammable material. Many lives were lost in theater fires and manufacturing accidents.