Richard Drew

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Richard Drew was an American inventor who worked for 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he invented masking tape and cellophane tape. In 1925 he solved his local garage's problem of applying two different paint colors to a vehicle by inventing the first masking tape, which permitted a straight neat join. In 1930 he came up with the world's first transparent cellophane adhesive tape (called sellotape in the UK and scotch tape in the United States). In the aftermath of the 1929 Wall Street stock-market crash, people began using tape to repair items rather than replace them. This was the beginning of 3M’s diversification into all manner of marketplaces and helped them to flourish in spite of the Great Depression.

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