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Who was Richard Gurley Drew?
Richard Drew was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 22, 1899. He attended the University of Minnesota before working as a lab technician for 3M, then a sandpaper manufacturer. Drew was testing an abrasive sample at an autobody shop and noticed that painters were having issues with paint bleed-through while painting new automobiles. His idea for masking the car parts led to the invention of Scotch® brand masking tape and started a new product line for 3M.
Five years after Scotch® masking tape was invented, Drew developed the transparent Scotch® cellophane tape. According to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, this was considered a major asset during the Great Depression. It became a popular tool for repairing ripped, torn, or broken items rather than buying new ones.
What was next for 3M?
With the invention of Scotch® masking tape in 1925, 3M kicked off a whole line of tape solutions for surface protection and conformability. 3M masking tape products offer adhesive holding power and line sharpness to meet different application requirements for every application.