Rubber ball from Peruvian child's grave, c 1600.

Image number: 10304841

Rubber ball from Peruvian child's grave, c 1600.

Rubber is a natural polymer, harvested from a tropical tree species, Hevea Brasiliensis, native to South America. The indigenous inhabitants had used it for centuries to make rubber balls, galoshes and waterproof cloaks, long before it reached Britain in the late 1700s.

Image number:
10304841
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
12 January 2004 19:35
Image rights:
Science Museum
 

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