Tape is pretty simple. It all starts with adhesive, which can take on natural or synthetic forms. The earliest found adhesive substance dates back to 4000 BC and is believed to be made of tree sap. In the centuries following, other adhesives were found and made, most commonly from fish and fish parts, but also from animal bones, milk, rubber, and starch. The first patent for an adhesive was issued in Britain in 1750; many others soon followed.
Other fun dates:
1921 - The Band-Aid is invented by an employee of Johnson and Johnson.
1925 - An engineer at the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (now 3M) creates masking tape to prevent the bleed-through common to cloth-backed tape when spray-painting automobiles.
1930 - A clear tape called Scotch Brand Cellulose was invented by the same 3M engineer.
1942 - Johnson and Johnson creates duct tape, a waterproof and super-grippy tape, for use in World War II to seal canisters and repair equipment in the field. Duct tape is basically cloth tape coated in polyethylene.
Sticking things together
Taping up a hem
Labelling your lunch
Water/smudge-proofing (tape over ink)
French manicure guide
Tape over wires to avoid tripping
Taping down a collar
Reinforcing holes in punched paper
Lint roller (roll a piece of tape adhesive side out, slip over finger, and roll over clothes)
Keep belt ends down
Clean between keyboard keys
Fix shoelace ends
Taping a heel tap back on
Fun with adhesive tape
What is your favorite kind of tape? Your favorite use for tape?