on Paper Bags and Paper Goods
History of Paper Bags or Sacks
The use of sacks only really started
to take off during the Industrial Revolution: between 1700 and 1800.
The history of paper, papermaking
and paper sacks; the inventors and innovations behind the different processes.
Margaret Knight was an employee in
a paper bag factory when she invented a new machine part that would automatically
fold and glue paper bags to create square bottoms for paper bags. Paper
bags had been more like envelopes before. Workmen reportedly refused her
advice when first installing the equipment because they mistakenly thought,
"what does a woman know about machines?" Margaret Knight can be considered
the mother of the grocery bag, she founded the Eastern Paper Bag Company
Margaret Knight (Mattie)
born in 1838. She received her first patent at the age of 30, but inventing
was always part of her life. Margaret or ‘Mattie’ as she was called in
her childhood, made sleds and kites for her brothers while growing up in
Maine. When she was just 12 years old, she had an idea for a stop-motion
device that could be used in textile mills to shut down machinery, preventing
workers from being injured.
Margaret Knight is considered one
of "the female Edison," and received some 26 patents for such diverse items
as a window frame and sash, machinery for cutting shoe soles, and improvements
to internal combustion engines. Margaret Knight's paper bag machine made
flat-bottomed paper bags that are still in use to this very day!
A few of Margaret Knight's other
dress and skirt shield - 1883
clasp for robes - 1884
spit - 1885
numbering machine - 1894
window frame and sash - 1894
rotary engine - 1902
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