Saturday, January 31, 2009

Anniversary: Scotch Tape

On this day in 1930, 3M began marketing Scotch tape. They introduced a mascot Scotty McTape (I'm not kidding) in 1944 and the Wallace tartan-inspired plaid in 1945. 3M has a page with old ads, including the 1958 ad on the left in which Scotty McTape helps a kid who desperately needed tape: "with this slick tape to help me out my marks will all be grand!"

Last year, scientists demonstrated that peeling scotch tape in a vacuum produced x-rays powerful enough to image a finger. Sadly, it was too late for Scotty McTape, who died from excessive radiation exposure in the 1960's.

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