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- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) was created by a German chemist in 1872, but found little use until 1926 when Waldo Seaman, a chemist working for the B. F. Goodrich Co., developed a plasticized form of the material. As practical uses proliferated, PVC became the second most produced plastic in the world. According to the donor, this man’s loafer was the first vinyl shoe made in the United States. The inscription on the bottom reads "International Vulcanizing Corporation."
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- Gift of Plastics Institute of America, Stevens Institute of Tech.
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- Vinyl Shoe
- overall: 86 mm x 108 mm x 284 mm; 3 3/8 in x 4 1/4 in x 11 3/16 in
- overall: 3 3/8 in x 11 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 8.5725 cm x 28.575 cm x 10.795 cm
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- United States
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