Thomas Hancock invented the rubber band in 1843 by slicing rubber bottles. He was an English mechanical engineer who also founded the British rubber industry.Know More
The first rubber bands were used as garters and waistbands. However, like other rubber goods, they became brittle when cold and soft when warm. This inconsistency in texture limited the application of all rubber products.
In 1820, Hancock invented the masticator, a machine that shredded rubber. In 1839, American inventor Charles Goodyear discovered that the texture of rubber could be changed by warming it together with sulfur and lead. By 1844, he had developed a process for improving the consistency and functionality of rubber. Stephen Perry, another British inventor, patented the rubber band on March 17, 1845. The contributions of Hancock, Goodyear and Perry led to modern methods of rubber band production.Learn more about Inventions
Evidence of lotion salves date back to 3,000 B.C.E. Lotions were invented using natural ingredients, such as red ochre and animal fat. Commercially manufactured lotions were invented in the late 19th century.Full Answer >
Matches were invented in 1805 by a French chemist called Jean Chancel in Paris. Jean was an assistant to Professor Louis Jacques Thenard. There were different experiments before Chancel's invention, but he was the one credited with the deed.Full Answer >
The band-aid was invented by Earle Dickson, who was an employee of Johnson & Johnson, and his wife Josephine. His wife was constantly cutting or burning herself and needed to find relief.Full Answer >
John Boyd Dunlop, a British veterinary surgeon who lived in Belfast, invented the first rubber tire for his son, who in 1888 was prescribed cycling as a cure for his cold.Full Answer >