Society of Plastics Engineers 1942-1952 SPE history batch


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My father, Edward H. Roberts, was a lifelong member of SPE, designing plastic parts and ice cube trays for GE Erie Works in the 1940s and moving on to household refrigeration at Appliance Park in Louisville in the early 1950s. Among his effects was a small batch of treasures from the Society of Plastics Engineers, including news of his winning lapel pin design and some related artifacts. All this should probably find its way to a collector of SPE history; please see the detailed article and the full list below…

Items Included in SPE Batch

  1. 1952 photo (8×10) of presentation to Edward H. Roberts by SPE President Islyn Thomas, honoring Ed’s design for the new lapel pin.
  2. Framed certificate for lapel pin design contest first place (simple black wood frame, with glass)
  3. Page from January 1952 issue of SPE Journal with article about the lapel pin design (full text)
  4. Page from January 25, 1952 issue of General Electric News about the pin
  5. 1952 SPE lapel pin (the winning design by Ed Roberts)
  6. Red SPE Member badge from same era
  7. North Texas Section badge
  8. 1942 SPE signet ring (marked ALPHA inside)
  9. Rare Zippo lighter with SPE logo and “Ed Roberts, President, 63-64” engraved (award from Kentuckiana Section).
  10. Key chain with SPE fob
  11. SPE coffee mug made by Phyllis M. Roberts in 1952
  12. 1992 Kentuckiana Section mug from Louisville Stoneware – Edward Roberts, Past President

Highlighting the eighth annual Society of Plastics Engineers technical conference banquet in Chicago, Jan 17, was the award of a certificate and the $50 cash prize to Edward H. Roberts, Erie Works engineer, for his winning entry in the national SPE lapel pin contest. The awards were presented to Mr. Roberts by the Plastic Society’s president, Islyn Thomas, before 250 of the country’s leading plastic engineers.

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Weight64 oz