A courtier named Ts'ai-Lun, from Lei-yang in
Left Photo: Greek parchment paper
General Papermaking History
Starting with the year 3000 BC, this is a timeline of paper invention.
- The Invention of Paper
- The Spread of Papermaking in
- The Papermaker
- Dard Hunter
- Papermaking Moves to the
- The Advent of the Paper Machine
-The Modern Paper Mill
-Paper in Our Lives - Recycling in the Paper Industry.
A Short History of Paper and Cardboard
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American's First Papermill
The Rittenhouse Mill - Alex Buntin established the first commercial mechanical pulp mill in North America at
Charles Fenerty of
Cardboard and Packaging
Grocery Paper Bags
The first recorded historical reference to grocery paper bags was made in 1630.
The History of Paper Sacks
The use of sacks only really started to take off during the Industrial Revolution: between 1700 and 1800.
Margaret (Mattie) Knight (1838-1914) - Knight was an employee in a paper bag factory when she invented a new machine part to make square bottoms for paper bags. Paper bags had been more like envelopes before. Knight can be considered the mother of the grocery bag, she founded the Eastern Paper Bag Company in 1870.
On February 20, 1872, Luther Crowell also patented a machine that manufactured paper bags.
A History of Packaging
The first commercial cardboard box was produced in
A History of Packaging
The cardboard box emerged at the end of the 19th century, a simple yet revolutionary invention. An American, Robert Gair, had the bright idea of manufacturing in bulk a pre-cut cardboard panel which, once folded, would form a box.
Corrugated Paper Products
In 1856, Englishmen, Healey and Allen, received a patent for the first corrugated or pleated paper. The paper was used to line tall mens hats. However, this was not the corrugated cardboard we know today. On December 20, 1871, Albert Jones of
Corrugated Cardboard Box
American, Robert Gair promptly invented the corrugated cardboard box in 1890. These were pre-cut flat pieces manufactured in bulk that opened up and folded into boxes. Gair made his first plain paper folding box in 1870.
Containerboard or Corrugated Containers
The first use of corrugated paper for packaging came in 1871, when an American, Albert Jones, introduced an idea of wrapping bottles and glass chimneys in it. However, it was the addition of a liner to one and then to the other side of corrugated paper that signaled the birth of cardboard as we know it.
Single Service Disposable
Or foodservice disposables were first made at the beginning of the 20th century. The paper plate was the first single-use foodservice product invented in 1904.
Hugh Moore was an inventor who owned a paper cup factory, located next door to the Dixie Doll Company. The word
The Chinese glued rice papers onto their walls as early as 200 BC - but this was not wallpaper as we know it today. Paper as a wall covering was first used by the working classes in
Right Photo: The distribution rights for this wallpaper design by Joseph Rame was obtained by the
History of Paper Machine
People have taken the trouble to conserve and recycle paper ever since it was invented in