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    Shaping a Celluloid World

    June 9–July 2, 2014
    Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

    The exhibition Shaping a Celluloid World marks the first time a significant portion of the celluloid collection of Dadie and Norman Perlov will be on display in New York City.

    The more than 100 objects represent just a portion of the collection, which the Perlovs graciously donated to Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. A wealth of materials that document the history of celluloid are on exhibition, including jewelry, advertising and marketing brochures, postcards, figurines, decorative pins, and buttons. Several rare items include a 15-piece dresser set, a set of Hyatt billiard balls, and the last cocaine spoon in the Perlov collection.

    Celluloid served as a less-expensive material to bring mass-produced goods to an emerging middle class at the turn of the 20th century. It was also a unique material that could produce new goods or offer advantages over such existing materials as ivory, wood, metal, and rubber. For some products, celluloid proved to be more useful than any material in existence. Celluloid piano keys, for example, were, in many ways, superior to ivory keys. Learn more.

    The exhibition is free and open to the public.