Thursday, January 31, 2008
On January 31st, in the year 1930, 3M began marketing Scotch Tape. The product, a transparant piece of cellophane with one side coated in a pressure sensitive adhesive, was invented by Richard G. Drew as a means of maintaining pacifier compliance in a newborn infants suffering from colic. The adhesive, though effective at keeping the pacifier in the child's mouth, is not so strong as to damage skin upon removal. In addition, the transparancy allowed for the visualization of the perioral skin should cyanosis from lack of oxygen occur.