Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Richard Drew, Scotch tape, and the only way to drink Scotch

On this day in 1930 Scotch tape, invented by 3M engineer Richard Drew, went on sale.

Introduced during the Great Depression, Scotch Transparent Tape quickly helped people prolong the life of items they could not afford to replace. The new tape was used to seal opened cans, mend torn pages of books, and fix broken toys.  Banks used it to repair torn currency, and farmers used it to seal cracked eggs, for example. The possible uses for Scotch Tape, it seemed, were limited only by consumers' imaginations. (paraphrased from About.com)

Who knew.

The Historical Inebriant:  Scotch, neat

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