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Duct tape has been one of the most beautiful, useful products to ever be created for a long, long time but do you know the history of this amazing product? Well if your answer to that question was, "no" your about to find out. Timeline! :D 1920-1930
Adhesive tape (masking tape) was invented in the 1920's by Richard Drew from the Minnesota Mining and manufacturing company (3M). In 1925 that evolved into scotch brand masking tape and in 1930 Richard invented a transparent tape called scotch tape. Author Scott Burken said that duct tape is arguably the same product modified. 1942-1945
Duct tape itself was first invented in World War II, year 1942. It was made by the Johnson and Johnson Permacel Division. It was an olive drab colour and was used originally used to keep moisture out of ammunition cases. Soldiers quickly discovered it was a very versitile product and could be used for anything from repairing weapons to vehicles. The reason it was nicknamed "duck tape" by soldiers is not known for sure, but one reason it was nicknamed that is because it is waterproof qualities. Also because of its relation to cotton duck fabric. 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2012 1900+
The first product called "duck tape" was strips of cotton duck clothe used for reinforcing shoes, decorating clothes and wrapping steel cable and wires to slow the corrosion process. "Duck tape" was used on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1902. They wrapped the cables in this material before laying them down. 1910-1919
In the 1910's duck fabric was used in some boots and shoes on the upper and in the sole and duck tape was sewn in to make it stronger. Many other adhesive tapes where used during that time such as white adhesive clothe tape dipped in rubber and zinc oxide for bandaging wounds. 1930's
Scotch tape was used by many people for household repairs during the great depression. no advancements in duck tape occurred. 1946 - 1959
After world war II duck tape was sold on the the market in hardware stores for household repairs. In 1950 the Melvin A. Anderson Company claimed rights to this product. The most common use for this product was wrapping air ducts and during the 1950's it adopted the name "duct tape". Variations of the product being heat and cold resistant where created for heating and cooling ducts. The products colour changed from the olive drab used in the army to a silver-gray; the colour of tin duct work. 1960 - 1969
In 1960 a Saint Louis, Missouri HVAC company claimed the name "ductape" for their fire proof duct tape being able to withstand 200 degree temperatures. 1970-1979
In 1971 a man named Jack Kahl bought the Melvin A. Anderson company, renamed it Manco and because the term "duck tape" was now uncommon he was able to use the name and market his product with a yellow cartoon duck. In 1979 jack's marketing plan for this product was send out colourful greeting cards with his duck logo 4 times a year to 32,000 hardware store managers. His plan was a success and Manco went from almost no customers to controlling 40% of all duck tape market in the U.S. 1990-1999
In the 1990's 3M was running a $300 million duct tape market 2000-2012
In 2004 3M invented transparent duct tape. 2003 to now Mythbusters have proven the worth, strength and versitility of duct tape by using it for various things from suspending a person, then car with it, building a plane out of it, a boat, and finally by take roughly a thousand roles of duct tape and staying on an island for days not only living on it but enjoying there stay! then the built a boat out of it and bamboo and rowed back to shore. The end!