Rubber Band

Rubber Band

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Description
In 1844, the American chemist Charles Goodyear (1800-1860) patented a process for producing rubber that was pliable, moldable and waterproof. In short order, many “India rubber” goods were to be had. This early rubber band came from Leo Hershkowitz, a professor of history at Queens College in New York City who was known for having “Unearthed New York City’s History by Scavenging Archives.” The inscription reads “Metallic Gum E(la)stic Bands / (Man)ufactured under his P(ate)nts of 1844 / Henry Davenport, New York.” Davenport sold an assortment of india rubber goods and, in 1855, received a medal from the American Institute of New York, for “rubber elastic bands.” In 1856 he received a patent for mode of making gutta percha cord.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
rubber band
Measurements
overall; card object is mounted on: 1 5/8 in x 4 1/4 in; 4.1275 cm x 10.795 cm
ID Number
1983.0624.001
catalog number
1983.0624.001
accession number
1983.0624
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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