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My Ticket to Free Papers

A courtier named Ts'ai-Lun, from Lei-yang in China, was the inventor of paper (not papyrus) circa 105 A.D. However, the word paper is derived from the name of the reedy plant papyrus, which grows abundantly along the Nile River in Egypt. Paper is made of pulped cellulose fibers like wood, cotton or flax. Papyrus is made from the sliced sections of the flower stem of the papyrus plant, pressed together and dried.

Left Photo: Greek parchment paper

General Papermaking History

Paper Online

Starting with the year 3000 BC, this is a timeline of paper invention.

American Museum of Papermaking

The Robert C. Williams American Museum is a renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. Virtual Tour Contents Forerunners to Paper - The Invention of Paper - The Spread of Papermaking in Europe - The Papermaker - Dard Hunter - Papermaking Moves to the United States - The Advent of the Paper Machine - Watermarks - The Modern Paper Mill - Paper in Our Lives - Recycling in the Paper Industry.

A Short History of Paper and Cardboard

You must click on the history button in the left hand navigation bar. Love the paper surfer.

America's First Papermill

The Rittenhouse Mill - Alex Buntin established the first commercial mechanical pulp mill in North America at Valleyfield, Quebec, in 1866. Also see mills


Charles Fenerty of Halifax made the first paper from wood pulp (newsprint) in 1838. Charles Fenerty was helping a local paper mill maintain an adequate supply of rags to make paper, when he succeeded in making paper from wood pulp. He neglected to patent his invention and others did patent papermaking processes based on wood fiber.

Cardboard and Packaging

Grocery Paper Bags

The first recorded historical reference to grocery paper bags was made in 1630.

The History of Paper Sacks

The use of sacks only really started to take off during the Industrial Revolution: between 1700 and 1800.

Grocery Bags

Margaret (Mattie) Knight (1838-1914) - Knight was an employee in a paper bag factory when she invented a new machine part to make square bottoms for paper bags. Paper bags had been more like envelopes before. Knight can be considered the mother of the grocery bag, she founded the Eastern Paper Bag Company in 1870.

Paper Bags

On February 20, 1872, Luther Crowell also patented a machine that manufactured paper bags.

A History of Packaging

The first commercial cardboard box was produced in England in 1817, more than two hundred years after the Chinese invented cardboard. Corrugated paper appeared in the 1850s; about 1900, shipping cartons of faced corrugated paperboard began to replace self-made wooden crates and boxes used for trade.

A History of Packaging

The cardboard box emerged at the end of the 19th century, a simple yet revolutionary invention. An American, Robert Gair, had the bright idea of manufacturing in bulk a pre-cut cardboard panel which, once folded, would form a box.

Corrugated Paper Products

In 1856, Englishmen, Healey and Allen, received a patent for the first corrugated or pleated paper. The paper was used to line tall men's hats. However, this was not the corrugated cardboard we know today. On December 20, 1871, Albert Jones of New York NY, patented a stronger corrugated paper (cardboard) used as a shipping material. This

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