Rubber Band

Rubber Band

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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, wrapped around a paper ballot of 1858, 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, in part: “Goodyear’s Metallic Ela(stic) / Manufactured under Pate(nts) of / by Henry Daven(po)rt, (Ne)w...” 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.
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rubber band
rubber band
overall: 8 3/16 in x 3 3/8 in x 7/16 in; 20.79625 cm x 8.5725 cm x 1.11125 cm
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