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Image Nally Ware salt shakers, 1934

TLF ID M000382

These are two mottled orange Nally Ware salt shakers with black caps, manufactured from moulded phenol formaldehyde by Nally Ltd, Sydney. The salt shakers have a tapered octagonal form with a flat screw-top cap with multiple pouring holes on one, and a single central pouring nozzle on the other.

Educational details

Educational value
  • These salt shakers are examples of early mass-produced plastic homewares utilising aspects of contemporary art and design, most strikingly in the mottled orange pattern.
  • These Nally Ware shakers are made from phenol formaldehyde and are some of the first plastic articles to have been moulded in Sydney.
  • Nat Fienberg and Wally Wakeham started Nally Products in 1923, when they imported a product called Condensite in order to manufacture more reliable timers for the Model-T Ford, the most popular car of the time. Nally soon began moulding other items including a popular and bright range of kitchenware. Nally Products was a pioneer in the Australian plastics industry, adopting new machinery earlier than other competitors, including as the '60 ounce' injection-moulding machine.

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Powerhouse Museum
  • Organization: Powerhouse Museum
  • Description: Content provider
  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Nally Ltd
  • Organization: Nally Ltd
  • Description: Author
  • Address: New South Wales
  • Publisher
  • Name: Powerhouse Museum
  • Organization: Powerhouse Museum
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
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  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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