The paper cup was invented by Boston inventor Lawrence Luellen. He built his first prototype from two sections, and the cup was marketed to provide an individual serving of water without having to share dipping utensils, thereby preventing disease transmission.
The cups were first referred to as health cups before Luellen's business partner, Hugh Moore, asked the Dixie Doll Company for permission to appropriate part of its name for his cup. The cups soon became known as "Dixies" and gained popularity in many venues for both convenience and sanitary reasons. Dixie Cup is a name brand, but the name is often used to refer to any paper cup.Learn More
The original inventor of the drinking cup is not known, as the drinking cup existed before recorded history. For early cultures, the drinking cup would have been a vast improvement over drinking liquids with cupped hands.Full Answer >
Paper money was used first by the Chinese during the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618 to 907). According to Time, the first forms of paper money were privately issued bills of credit or exchange. This practice continued for about 500 years.Full Answer >
Although paper was first invented in China during the second century B.C., it was not used for personal toilet necessities until the sixth century in medieval China. Joseph Gayetty is typically credited with inventing modern day toilet paper, creating it for commercial use in 1857.Full Answer >
Toilet paper was invented to assist in personal cleanliness. Prior to the invention of toilet paper on rolls, various materials were used to clean up after using the toilet.Full Answer >