From the January 13, 2012 published New York Times’ ‘Who Made That’ Column; written by HILARY GREENBAUM and DANA RUBINSTEIN:
On Nov. 13, 1894, in Chicago, the inventor Frederick Weeks Wilcox patented a version of what he called a “paper pail,” which was a single piece of paper, creased into segments and folded into a (more or less) leakproof container secured with a dainty wire handle on top. The supportive folds on the outside, fastened with that same wire, created a flat interior surface over which food could slide smoothly onto a plate.
History unfolding, right before our eyes. See what I did there? Groan.
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