3M Sandpaper Package

Sandpaper for industrial use was one of the first products of The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (later known as 3M). The company expanded into the nascent do-it-yourself consumer market in the 1930s advertising sandpaper for furniture repair and other uses. The 3M trademarked plaid design was first introduced in 1945.
The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company was founded in 1902 as a mining operation, but soon began to use its minerals to make sandpaper. 3M is known for its culture of innovation which encourages employees of disparate background to work together. The company manufactures a wide variety of products focusing on films and coatings. Products range from masking tape and reflective sheeting to synthetic fabrics and sticky notes.
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Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 5 1/8 in x 4 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 13.0175 cm x 11.43 cm x 1.27 cm
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5/0 95
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Credit Line
Gift of 3M Company
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American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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