Garden Hose


In 1935, while working for B. F. Goodrich and searching for a synthetic rubber, a chemical engineer named Waldo Lonsbery Semon developed a rubber-like plastic that was technically termed vinyl chloride, and popularly known as Koroseal. This garden hose is made from the first experimental batch of that material.

Ref: “Research Spurs New Rubber Uses,” New York Times (Oct. 24, 1935), p. 7.

Date Made: 1939

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of the B. F. Goodrich Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1982.0033.02Catalog Number: 1982.0033.02Accession Number: 1982.0033

Object Name: Garden HoseKoroseal Garden Hose

Measurements: overall: 144 in x 1 in; 365.76 cm x 2.54 cmoverall coiled: 4 in x 14 3/4 in; 10.16 cm x 37.465 cm


Record Id: nmah_554

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