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The solubility of guncotton in a mixture of alcohol and ether was discovered a year after nitrocellulose was developed. Dissolved nitrocellulose (celluloid) was used as one of the first plastics. Initially, this critical step in the development of smokeless propellant was used only for coating photographic plates and making consumer items that once had to be carved from tortoise shell or ivory.

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