This post will never go viral because I couldn’t figure out how to embed the link to my cool timeline properly. Darnit! I think it’s because I have a wordpress dot com site instead of a wordpress dot org site (again). Still, the link below seems to work—so click on it! Yeah! The world would fall apart without glue (except for the bits held together with staples and rivets) so it’s important to know stuff about it. Here are ten thrilling bits from the history of adhesives. Read on, and revel in your newfound ability to impress people at parties.
Further reading for the super-keen below. But look at my timeline first, you bastards, I spent ages on it.
- Sticky tape: Pressure-sensitive tape and techniques for its removal from paper, by Merrily A. Smith, Norvell M. M. Jones, Susan L. Page, & Marian Peck Dirda. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Volume 23, Number 2, pp. 101 to 113.
- Plywood: something about the Eames’ plywood leg splints or this about the wooden Mosquito. And this cool video about Australia’s role in manufacturing the Mosquito.
- Superglue: this obituary for Harry Coover Jr tells the story of superglue’s discovery.
- Post-its: find out how they were invented. It’s crazy! And quite long and drawn out.
- Oh look here is a poster I presented at a conference that gives lots of dates about when different kinds of adhesive came into use. (PDF)