The first attempts to produce moulded whistles from a material known as vulcanite, in 1906, were unsuccessful. But in 1914 as bakelite started to develop as a moulding material, the first early plastic whistles were made. These opened up new vistas for whistle makers with colours and designs that had not previously been dreamt of. Art-deco, the age of jazz, saw the Hudson's catalogue swell to over 300 different models, many of them plastic and now highly collectable. In 1949, the world's first life-saving whistle, for use on life-jackets and flotation devices, was developed and patented. Another new area for whistle makers to explore.
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