Name: "Scotch Cellulose Tape"
Category: Home - Office - School
Inventor: Richard Gurley Drew
Producer: 3M Company (Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co., founded in 1902)
Production start: September 8, 1930 - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
|Richard Gurley Drew|
St. Paul, Jun. 22, 1899 -
St. Barbara, Dec. 14, 1980,
the inventor of
the Scotch Tape
Features: In 1923, Richard Gurley Drew working for 3M invented masking tape, a paper-based tape with a mildly sticky adhesive. In 1925 this became the Scotch brand masking tape. In 1930, Drew developed a transparent tape based on cellophane, called Scotch Tape.
Interesting facts: According to corporate legend, the brand name "Scotch tape" was coined when a prototype batch of Drew's tape received an adhesive coating only along its edges. This proved insufficient, prompting one irked painter to complain to his 3M sales rep about the company's "stingy Scotch bosses." Company executives seized upon the word "Scotch" because they hoped it would suggest that 3M tape was an economical product.
Property: © 3M
Product website: http://www.scotchbrand.com
|Scotch Cellulose Tape packaging (1930)|
The first Scotch tape dispenser (1932). It's made from cast iron and weighs almost 7 pounds.
Scotch Cellulose Tape packaging (late 1930s)
|Scotch "snail" handheld tape dispenser (1939). The first version was made from stamped sheet metal, a plastic model (below) was added one year later.|
Figure from Patent granted to Richard Gurley Drew (April 3, 1934)
Scotch Cellulose Tape advertising (1941)
Scotch Cellulose Tape advertising (1944)
Scotch Cellulose Tape advertising (1946)
The evolution of Scotch Brand