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Fun Fact January 27, 2020

27 January 2020


It was invented in 1957 and was originally marketed as wall paper.  Bubble wrap, or as it was originally named Air Cap, was invented by two engineers, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes in Hawthorne, New Jersey. They sealed two shower curtains together which caused a collection of small air pockets.  They tried to sell their invention as wall paper.  When that failed they tried to sell it to green houses as insulation.  The two formed a company they called Seal Air Corporation in 1960 which branded the creation Bubble Wrap.  It wasn’t until about a year later that the protective nature of their invention was realized.  Bubble Wraps first customer was IBM, which used it to protect the IBM 1041 computer during shiping.  Fielding and Chavannes were inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993.  Popping Bubble Wrap is sometimes used as stress-relief, and Sealed Air’s corporate offices have “stress relief boxes” that are filled with Bubble Wrap for the employees to pop.


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