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|The picture shows a front and back view of this Old Metal Vellumoid Company Advertising Employee Badge. The badge is not dated but it is old. The top section of the front is painted blue. The back has four markings. It is marked on the two sides as follows:|
THE VELLUMOID COMPANY
PAT. 2066969 (a 1937 patent number)
The badge measures 1-7/16'' x 1''. It appears to be in excellent condition with some wear from use as pictured. Below here, for reference, is some information about the Vellumoid company:
Federal-Mogul had a division known as the Vellumoid Division. The Vellumoid business began as the Vellumoid Paper Co. in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1900, and originally involved the manufacture and sale of Vellumoid, a cured parchment material that was impregnated with a solution of animal glue and formaldehyde, which was marketed as a wrapping for food and then as a shoe cover and sock lining. In time, the company began making gaskets and gasket materials from Vellumoid, particularly for use in automobile and aircraft engines.
From the 1920s or 1930s until 1988, Vellumoid manufactured a single asbestos containing product, a pre-cut automotive gasket that was sold under the name ''Velbestos.'' Velbestos gaskets were used to seal metal joints in automobiles to prevent leakage of oil, water, gasoline, and other fluids. The gaskets were cut from a rubber encapsulated asbestos containing sheet material consisting of approximately 60% to 80% chrysotile asbestos, 20% to 40% rubber and a small percentage of other filler materials. Asbestos was used as the filler material because it has excellent resistance to alkaline solutions and gases and a very high melting point. Vellumoid did not manufacture the sheet material, but purchased it from outside suppliers according to specifications provided by Vellumoid. (The Debtors do not believe that Vellumoid placed warning labels on its engine gaskets.) Until approximately 1972, Vellumoid also occasionally re-sold compressed asbestos sheet material that it purchased from its own suppliers to other gasket fabricators, including Fel-Pro.
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