EON produced a range of Bakelite canisters from the 1930s through the 1950s.  Bakelite Canisters were in most Australian kitchen in the 1940s and 1950s

EON also produced screw top jars, kitchen gadgets, picnic ware from the 1950s ‘Tupperware Like’ storage containers.

Bakelite was invented to replace a scarce natural substance: shellac, a product of the sticky excretions of the female lac beetle.” In 1907 Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite “by combining formaldehyde with phenol, a waste product of coal, and subjecting the mixture to heat and pressure. Bakelite could be precisely molded and machined into nearly anything, from tubular industrial bushings the size of mustard seeds to full-size coffins.”  Bakelite was used for everything from radios to car parts, telephones to combs.

For more info on Vintage Australian Plastic Kitchen Wares go to my Article:


For more info on Bakelite go to:

“Manufacturers’ Monthly Material of the Month part 1:Bakelite” found at http://www.manmonthly.com.au/features/manufacturers-monthly-material-of-the-month-part-1-bakelite/


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