Saturday, 2 August 2014

The Storied History and Continued Use of Adhesive Tape Technology

Have you ever stopped to think how an everyday utility like adhesive tape came about? Contrary to what you may think, such a simple convenience we enjoy today took centuries to invent and improve. Adhesive has quite a bit of history behind it, and an article published by The Human Touch of Chemistry highlighted its origins as well as its continued use to see how this commonplace wonder helps make our lives easier. Back in the day The use of adhesives began in the time of the Ancient Egyptians, who extracted sticky substances from animal bones and tissue to create the first usable adhesive for woodworking and papyrus production. Fast forward a few thousand years to 1925 AD, an American named Richard Drew coated cellophane with adhesive to create the prototype of what would eventually become “cellophane tape” as we know it today.

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