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The History Of Duct Tape

A brief and shining history of the most useful backpacking tape.

  • Duct tape’s predecessor was medical tape, which was made of something familiar to backpackers–cotton duck cloth.
  • Duct tape as we now know it was born during World War II, when the military needed an adhesive that was durable, waterproof, and strong enough to fix windows, trucks, and everything else.
  • The original color was military green. Now it comes in every shade imaginable, including hot pink.
  • U.S. space shuttles don’t leave Earth without a roll of duct tape.

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