What would life be like without duct tape?
If I was only able to take one item with me to a deserted island it would be duct tape.
Duct tape was first created and manufactured in 1942 by the Johnson and Johnson Permacel Division.
The original use was to keep moisture out of the ammunition cases.
People referred to the tape as "Duck Tape" because it was waterproof.
Also, the tape was originally made using cotton duck, similar to what was used in their cloth medical tapes.
The military quickly discovered that the tape could be used for many things such as fixing their guns, jeeps, aircraft, etc.
After the war, the tape was used in the housing industry to connect heating and air conditioning duct work together.
The original color was changed from army green to silver to match the ductwork and people started to refer to it as duck tape.
In the 1970s, they placed rolls of duct tape in shrink wrap, making it easier for retailers to stack the sticky rolls.
Soon, duct tape became the most useful tool in the household.