facts about the invention
Toilet Paper by Seth Wheeler in
AT A GLANCE:
Wheeler patents rolled and perforated wrapping paper
in 1871. By 1874 he had is own business
the Rolled Wrapping Paper Company, but the company couldn't turn a
profit. In 1877, Wheller reorganized into the Albany Perforated Wrapping
Paper Company and began selling Perforated Toilet Paper ('The Standard')
on a roll. It sold in plain brown wrappers and fit conveniently into the
American bathroom, which at the time was quite small.
HOW IT WORKS
DID YOU KNOW?
TP, lavatory paper, toilet tissue,
A thin, soft, lightweight,
sanitized paper used in bathrooms for personal
cleanliness.Toilet paper, which differs in
composition from facial tissue, is designed to
deteriorate when wet in order to keep drain
||117,355 (US) issued
July 25, 1871
to patent. Modern prototype. Entrepreneur.
||May 18, 1838 in
Chatham, New York
1391 Toilet paper first produced in China (for the Emperor's use). Each
sheet 2' by 3'
1857 Joseph Gayetty sells first factory-made toilet paper These
were loose, flat, sheets of paper
1871 Zeth Wheeler patents rolled and perforated wrapping paper
1872 John Kimberly, H. Babcock, Charles Clark, and F.Shattuck open
Kimberly, Clark and Company
1874 Wheller created the Rolled Wrapping Paper Company, but the company
couldn't turn a profit,
1877 Wheller reorganized into the Albany Perforated Wrapping Paper
1877 Albany Perforated Wrapping Paper Co. sells Perforated Toilet Paper
('The Standard') on a roll.
Alcock, of England introduced the perforated toilet roll
1879 Scott Paper Company sells the toilet paper on a roll, which led to
the popular Waldorf brand
1885 Oliver Hewlett Hicks patents package of toilet paper.and the
1894 U.S. Supreme Court invalidate Hicks patents in favor of Seth
Wheeler's 1871 patent.
1935 Northern Tissue advertises its toilet paper as "splinter-free"
1942 First two-ply toilet paper from St. Andrew's Paper Mill in
England; paper becomes softer
CAPs: Wheeler, Seth Wheeler, Joseph Gayetty, Walter
Alcock, Oliver Hewlett Hicks, Edward Scott, Clarence Scott, Irwin Scott,
John Kimberly, H. Babcock, Charles Clark, F.Shattuck,
ARYs: toilet paper, TP, lavatory paper, toilet tissue, bathroom tissue,
SIP, history, invention, stroy, facts, inventor, biography.
History of Household Items
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ON THE BOOKSHELF:
Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things
by Charles Panati / Paperback - 480 pages Reissue edition (September 1989) / HarperCollins
Discover the fascinating stories behind the origins of over 500 everyday items,
expressions and customs.
I Have to Go Potty! : A Parent's Guide to Toilet Training
by Jan Faull / Paperback - 140 pages /
Parenting Press (May 1996)
After years of managing child care centers and working in parenting
education, Faull realized she could make a difference in children's lives by
working through their parents. Fascinated by the topic, she returned to the
University of Washington for a master's degree in early childhood education.
The World Market for Cut-to-Size Toilet Paper in Rolls or Sheets: A 2004
Global Trade Perspective
Download / Digital Format: Adobe Reader (PDF) / (WIN/MAC) / ICON Group
International, Inc. (2003)
This report was created for strategic planners, international executives and
import/export managers who are concerned with the market for cut-to-size
toilet paper in rolls or sheets. With the globalization of this market,
managers can no longer be contented with a local view.
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From tub to toilet to toothpaste, here's everything you ever wanted to
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ON THE WEB:
When and where was toilet paper first invented? Historical Facts presented
by Toilet Paper World.
History of Toilet Paper
It's amazing how often we get some variation of the questions, Here are a
few of the highlights in the evolution of toilet paper that we've compiled
from various sources.
History on a
Sometimes I amaze myself on what I find while doing this column. There are
many things we take for granted; yet we must realize that someone has to
invent those items we regularly use, even though we really never think or
talk about them. One of those items is toilet paper. Article by Don Rittner.
The Museum often gets questions of general interest concerning paper.The
basic process, however, has remained essentially unchanged for thousands of
years. We hope the answers to these questions interest you.
U.S. Supreme Court
MORGAN ENVELOPE CO v. ALBANY PERFORATED WRAPPING PAPER CO., or Hicks
sues Wheeler for patent infringement.
Wheeler Family Biography
Includes extensive article on Seth and his family.
Kimberly Clark and Scott History
in 1872, Kimberly, Clark and Company established in Neenah Wisconsin,
with $30,000 capitalization.
(URL: www.kimberly-clark.com/aboutus/1872_1905.asp )
Seth Wheeler of Albany, NY received first U.S. patent for an "Improvement in
Wrapping-Paper"; perforated wrapping paper; paper wound into rolls, easily
torn off at perforations; saved cost of cutting, counting, bundling stacks
of pre-cut sheets; made storage more convenient.
Scott Brand History
In 1879, Scott Paper Company was founded by brothers E. Irvin and
Clarence Scott in Philadelphia.
A listing with links to
Toilet Museums Around the World
WORDS OF WISDOM:
"Maybe they should have a toilet paper museum. Would you
like that? So we can see all the toilet paper advancements down through
the ages. Toilet paper in the Crusades. The development of the
perforation. The first six-pack." - Jerry Seinfeld
HOW IT WORKS:
Toilet Works - Until recently, gravity flush toilets were the most
common types of toilets found in residences. But today, water conservation
is the driving force behind a search for the most efficient flushing toilet,
and we now have a variety of mechanisms operating our toilets
DID YOU KNOW?
- On December 19, 1973 comedian Johnny Carson causes a three week toilet
paper shortage in the USA after a joke scares consumers into stockpiling
The average American uses 57
sheets of toilet paper a day or more than 20,805 sheets a year, and is a
$2.4 billion dollar industry.
- In 1990, the paperless toilet invented in Japan (combination toilet,
bidet and drying element)
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