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Scotch Tape by Mind Map: Scotch Tape
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Scotch Tape

What is it?

Invented in 1930 by Richard Drew

Worked at 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota

Wanted to help auto painters make clean dividing lines on two-color paint jobs

First waterproof, see-through, pressure- sensitive tape

Initial response was to put tape on market

Scotch Brand Magic Transparent Tape ® invented in 1961

Tape never discolored and could be written on


Was originally meant as an attractive, moisture- proof way for grocers, bakers, and meat packers to seal food wrap

Was very well received at first

Development of heat sealing decreased use of tape in this way

Was used by Americans to mend many things

Torn books & documents

Broken toys

Ripped window shades

Damaged currency & bills

The Tape Dispenser

Invented by John A. Borden, another 3M engineer in 1932

Had a built-in cutter blade

Origins of the name

Idea for name came from quote that bodyshop painter said

"Take this tape back to those Scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put more adhesive on it!"

Scotch Brand Cellulose Tape invented five years later

Made from oils, resins, rubber, and had a coated backing


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