The Sealed Air Corporation was founded in 1960, but Air Cap (name before it became Bubble Wrap) wasn’t used for packaging until IBM starting shipping the 1401 computer in 1961.
Each year Bubble Wrap awards a ‘Young Inventor’ prize to best use of Bubble Wrap outside of packaging.
Artist Bradley Hart gives new meaning to pop art: Art that can be popped. Using a syringe, he injects paint into individual air cylinders of Bubble Wrap, creating these delightful pixelated portraits made from Bubble Wrap.
In 1968, Spencer Silver, a scientist at 3M, was attempting to develop a super-strong adhesive. Instead, he accidentally created a "low-tack", reusable, pressure-sensitive adhesive. For years, Silver promoted his "solution without a problem" at 3M, but failed to gain acceptance.
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