3m ain't just a clever name

Posted 10 years ago by Evan Tishuk

The company we all know today as 3M used to be "The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company." I did not know that. Screw mining. Behold the power of Scotch Tape.

3 Comments

olivier blanchard ~ 10 years ago

Scotch tape? Pfff... Post -Its!

Evan Tishuk ~ 10 years ago

From what I gather, Scotch Tape came from a botched (pardon the rhyme) order for masking tape. The scotch tape didn't stick very well and the purchaser told the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company that it was "scotch" which at the time meant shoddy. So in an attempt to salvage this product, they sold it for other uses. The rest is history.

But yeah, Post-it's are pretty good too I guess. Pffft.

nobrainer ~ 10 years ago

Hmm, from my memory, Scotch tape was the brilliant combination of cellophane & adhesives. Post-its, on the other hand, were developed after someone made an adhesive that worked, but not so well.

Anyway, from the MMM website, "1930
Scotch Cellulose Tape is invented by Richard Drew, a young 3M engineer. Cellulose tape, later called cellophane tape, is originally designed to be an attractive, moisture-proof way to seal cellophane wrap for grocers and bakers."

As for post-its "Dr. Spencer Silver, a 3M scientist, discovered the formula for the sticky stuff back in 1968. But it was Silver's colleague, Art Fry, who finally came up with a practical use for it. The idea for repositionable notes struck Fry while singing in the church choir. His bookmark kept falling out of his hymnal, causing him to lose his page."

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