Did you know that the company, 3M, started marketing Scotch Tape in 1930? The inventor of ‘cellophane tape’ was Richard Drew, a banjo player who became a tenacious engineer and inventor. Cellophane is a clear, thin plastic that is often used to make food packaging. The tape was created as a moisture-proof way for grocers and bakers to seal their cellophane packages. Currently 3M manufactures over 400 varieties of adhesive tape. Each year, 3M makes enough Scotch tape to circle the Earth 165 times!!!
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P.S. The first mascot for Scotch Tape was Scotty McTape, a cartoon boy wearing a kilt.
The mascot for Scotch Tape is Scotty McTape, a kilt-wearing cartoon boy. The mascot first appeared in 1944 and was used for almost 20 years. The tartan associated with Scotch Tape is inspired by the Wallace tartan and was introduced in 1945.
The name ‘scotch’ came as part of a reproach to early prototypes of tape. ‘Scotch’ was a pejorative term meaning ‘stingy’. Richard Drew was working with a bodyshop painter testing another new masking tape. It was not working. Exasperated, the bodyshop painter said, ‘Take this tape back to those Scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put more adhesive on it!” The ‘name’ stuck and has been used in many of 3M’s other products.
‘3M’ stands for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. It is based in Maplewood, Minnesota (near St. Paul).
During World War II, 3M created and manufactured more than 100 different kinds of tape to help solve problems related to war time production, such as sealing, identifying parts, holding materials, protecting, and insulating.
Transparent tape was first created to serve as a moisture-proof seal for food wrapped in cellophane. Other unique ways Scotch Tape have been used include: acting as an anti-corrosive shield on the Goodyear Blimp, helping auto-body painters detail cars, and covering cracks on the egg shells of birds that were not ready to hatch. During the Great Depression, people used Scotch Tape to save money and conserve by mending curtains, clothing, and books.
More about the development of Transparent Tape.