NATIONAL CELLOPHANE TAPE DAY
It could be a sticky situation on May 27th as we recognize National Cellophane Tape Day. It is hard to imagine where we would be without this invention. How would we wrap our Christmas and birthday gifts?
This everyday household and office item is also known as invisible tape or Scotch Tape. Richard Gurley Drew (June 22, 1899 – December 14, 1980) invented the invisible tape in 1930. He created the tape from cellulose and originally called it cellulose tape. His career started at the 3M company in 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota where he developed a masking tape for the automotive industry in 1925.
Originally designed to seal Cellophane packages sold in groceries and bakeries, the new adhesive missed its mark. By the time all its drawbacks were resolved, DuPont introduced heat-sealed cellophane.
Regardless, with a resounding endorsement from customers, 3M found a market in both the home and the office. Many of us keep several rolls of it, too. Check the closet with the wrapping paper for a roll or two. There will be another in the junk drawer. Count another on the desk, perhaps. In offices and schools, there are even more rolls of tape to be found.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CellophaneTapeDay
How many rolls of this invisible tape do you have laying around? Wrap a package or tape a picture to the fridge. Repair a torn page from a book. Share your favorite uses for cellophane tape by using #CellophaneTapeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CELLOPHANE TAPE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sticky holiday. In the meantime, explore these other innovative holidays:
- Loomis Day
- World Television Day
- National Radio Day
- National Inventors’ Day
- International Amateur Radio Day
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