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When was duct tape invented?

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Duct tape, also known as duck tape, was invented between 1943 and 1945 by the Revolite division of the American company Johnson and Johnson. It was initially invented as a means to provide a waterproof seal on ammunition boxes.

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The tape was made by combining a thin cotton duck cloth with waterproof polyethylene and a rubber-based adhesive. It was easily applied and removed by hand and was quickly adapted to provide temporary repairs to vehicles and weapons for the duration of the conflict. Post-war, the tape became popular for household repairs. The rights to it were purchased by the Melvin A. Anderson Company in 1950, which was bought out in 1975 and renamed Manco.

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