TAPE DISPENSER Inventor John A. Borden 1932

SYMBIOTICALLY ADHERED TO EACH OTHER in consumer invention history, Richard Drew and John A. Borden were both 3M engineers when they respectively changed the face of office desktops and craft projects.

3M (which stood for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing) was primarily a sandpaper concern when Drew introduced what later became known as Scotch tape back in the 1930s.

The combination of coated cellophane and adhesive appealed to the public, but Borden really made it stick by designing a practical dispenser
with a built-in blade to cut the tape. In 1932 the first dispenser on the market weighed nearly seven pounds.


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