January 31, 2011

Bubble Wrap's 50th Birthday

Listening right now at 94.7 The Mellow and learned from Deejays' Tracy and Vince that today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Can't help but be teary eyed for I remember my Grandmother, Lola Ebeng, who passed away 4 years ago. When my Lola was still alive she would always ask me to buy her bubble wrap. She liked popping it. She used to say that popping bubble wrap makes her day.

In memory and appreciation of my late Grandmother, Lodovina Perol Daniel, I will be popping some bubble wraps later...

History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Bubble wrap was invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes. Fielding and Chavannes sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering of air bubbles, which they originally tried to sell as wallpaper.[4] When the product turned out to be unsuccessful as wallpaper, the team marketed it as greenhouse insulation.[4] Although Bubble Wrap was branded by Sealed Air Corporation (founded by Fielding and Chavannes) in 1960, it was not until a few years later that its use in protective packaging was discovered.[5] As a packaging material, Bubble Wrap's first client was IBM, which used the product to protect the IBM 1401 computer during shipment.[4] Fielding and Chavannes were inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993.[5] Sealed Air celebrated Bubble Wrap's 50th birthday in January 2010.

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