3M Begins Marketing of Scotch Tape
Most of us are aware that “Scotch” is a brand name of the 3M company, but just about as many of us refer to any adhesive tape as “scotch tape.” But it turns out that there might be another reason why we do that. On this day in 1930, 3M began marketing their tape “Scotch” – here’s why. The term “scotch” was used to describe “stingy” back in the 1920’s. Richard Drew, developer of a new transparent material known as cellophane was testing his first masking tape to see how much adhesive it needed. Apparently, a bodyshop painter was frustrated with the sample tape and said something like “Take this tape back to those scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put more adhesive on it.” The name stuck.