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Pop bead necklace

1993.61 (RS180522)

Description

This partial necklace is composed of round plastic faux pearl Pop beads, also called "Pop-it" beads, that connect by fitting a molded ball on one bead into a matching socket on the next bead in the sequence.

Details

Label
These molded-plastic beads could be strung together in flexible chains using an ingenious “ball and socket” connecting method. Many of us remember playing with versions of them as children, enjoying the satisfying burst of sound when we disconnected two beads then jammed them back together again. What people think of as children's toys originally began as costume jewelry for adults. Providence, Rhode Island-based company Coro Manufacturing debuted gold, silver, and pearlized versions of beads in the 1950s that owners could cleverly adjust to form anything from an opera-length rope to a stylish choker in seconds. Coro's new, inexpensive baubles soon spurred rivals to develop their own versions as American women made them a jewelry sensation.
Maker
Possibly Coro, Inc. (Manufacturer)
Possibly Richelieu (Manufacturer)
Date
ca. 1960
Location of origin
Rhode Island
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
plastic by property: thermoplastic or thermoset
Object type
Adornment
Places
Probably Providence county (Rhode Island) [county]
Probably Rhode Island (United States)
Descriptive terms
Necklace
necklaces
plastic by property: thermoplastic or thermoset
Dimensions
3/8 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1993.61
Credit Line
Family of Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
102301
Reference Notes
For more information of Pop-It beads see DiNoto, Andrea, "Art Plastic: Designed for Living," (1994): 62-63.
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Title Pop bead necklace Accession number 1993.63

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