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Adhesive Tape History and Richard Drew

Scotch tape was invented in 1930 by a chemical engineer Richard Drew.The tape took advantage of newly invented cellophane, but the material wasn’t easy to work with, often splitting or tearing in the machine. The adhesive was amber-colored, which ruined the cellophane’s transparency. Drew and his team went on to invent adhesive-coating machines and a new, colorless adhesive.

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