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It's Scotch Tape's Birthday, But Do You Know Why It's Called "Scotch"?

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Tape lovers the world over already know that, on September 8, 1930, 3M began selling waterproof, transparent, pressure-sensitive cellophane tape.

Inventor Richard Drew--who also invented masking tape in 1925--came up with the idea, and the new product was used as a moisture-proof seal by bakers, grocers, and meatpackers.

The first incarnation of Scotch tape only had adhesive on the edges and was dubbed "Scotch" tape by an auto body painter in St. Paul, who, in a fit of 30s-esque stereotyping after growing frustrated with peeling ribbons of cellophane, told Drew to, "Take this tape back to those Scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put more adhesive on it."

In 1945, the Scotch brand-name was made official, and in 1955, cartoon spokesman Scotty McTape was introduced.



Just...just let that roll around in your head for a few moments. Scotty McTape. Someone got paid to come up with that name. Man, the world really was easier back then...
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