The History of Corrugated Cardboard Boxes

The History of Corrugated Cardboard Boxes
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Corrugated Cardboard BoxesCorrugated cardboard boxes have been around for quite some time.  We have all seen them, used them, or received them at some point in our lives, although you may not realize it.  For most people the term corrugated probably is not a part of their daily vocabulary.  Corrugated cardboard boxes are the ones that are basically impossible to fold or tear.  They are made out of a strong corrugated fiberboard to keep them rigid and inflexible.  They are used mainly in manufacturing and distributing in order to protect the items during transit.  You cannot trust each delivery employee not to take sharp turns or go the speed limit, you know.   Companies have to do what they can on their end in order to best protect their products.

Corrugated paper was first panted in 1856 in England. However, at the time it was not patented for use in packing and shipping material.  Wait for it, it’s good.  It was used for the lining of tall hats. Just in time for Honest Abe when he made his presidential debut in 1861.  Without the signature tall hat, he may or may not have been popular enough to make the good ole USA penny.  This is still up for debate.  Also, his hat was too tall to actually make it on the coin.  Corrugated paper was patented by Albert Jones in 1871 for packing and shipping materials. He began by wrapping glass lantern chimneys and bottles.  In 1874, corrugated paper began being mass produced with a machine, thanks to G. Smyth.  The same year, Oliver Long upgraded the corrugated paper design by making corrugated board, which consists of liner sheets on both sides.  This is now what is used in corrugated cardboard boxes.

If you are looking for a great place to purchase corrugated cardboard boxes, head to  They offer a variety of corrugated boxes, including standard brown (kraft), white, mailers, hazardous containers, and multi-level boxes.  98% of their items are in stock and ready to ship, so order before 1PM EST, and have your corrugated boxes on their way the same day.  They have an extremely friendly customer service team that is prepared to help you with your order as well as answer any questions you may have.  We now all owe a big shout out to Mr. Jones, Smith & Long for the invention and production of the corrugated cardboard box.

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