For the use of packaging and securing items, nothing compares to the symbolism of cardboard. This multi-layered, thicker version of paper is used mainly for packaging, support of objects, and arts and crafts, but who first came up with the idea for this material?
The original concept occurred in the mid-19th century, when society needed an advanced alternative to flimsy sheets of paper for some purposes, which was when a more rigid, stackable, and cushioning form of packaging was made for purposes of transit.
The first patent was registered in England in 1856 for ‘Corrugated paper’, used as liner for hats, although corrugated ‘boxboard’ (to use in shipping) did not become registered until December 1871. This was issued to American Albert Jones, from New York, and the material was first used for wrapping fragile items, such as bottles or glass lantern chimneys. A machine for mass-producing large quantities of the material was built in 1874 by a man known as G. Smyth, while another inventor, Oliver Long, developed Jones’ design to include the liner sheets on both sides in a ‘sandwich’ format, the cardboard that has been used most commonly ever since. This was now corrugated board as we know it today.
The use of the material is now most commonly associated with the near infinite amount of packaging boxes made from it, but is also used to line or support the structure of certain items where required (flexible and stiff), but this will often go unnoticed by most. The material is certainly one of the most useful in common procedures today, and it is hard to believe that it was first conceived and mass-produced so long ago in terms of modern society. For more information on cardboard, click the link below: