A simple cardboard box – though technically the proper term would be corrugated fiberboard.
In 1871 Albert Jones patented single faced corrugated board. In 1874 G. Smyth invented the first machine for producing large quantities of corrugated board, and later that year Oliver long improved the invention to what we know as corrugated board (or card board) today.
The first cadboard box was invented by Robert Gair in 1890. It was an accident. He was a Brooklyn printer and paper-bag maker during the 1870s, and one day, while he was printing an order of seed bags, a metal ruler normally used to crease bags shifted in position and cut them. Gair discovered that by cutting and creasing bags in one operation he could make prefabricated paper boxes. Applying this idea to corrugated boxboard was a straightforward development when the material became available. By the start of the 20th century, corrugated boxes began replacing the custom-made wooden crates and boxes previously used for trade.
I can only imagine the reaction of the first child to ever get his hands on a carboard box. Surely it was a box of wonders. Why you could do anything in that box. Sail the high seas, soar through the skies across the oceans, go on an african safari, join the astronauts in outerspace, or visit the castles of old. I wonder if the men who brought about the cardboard box would be amazed at the delight millions of children have had through the years from their simple invention. Did they ever imagine what wonder a cardboard box would hold for a child?
We thank them! For years of fun and entertainment and family memories.
I give you (after we played a while in the giant refrigerator boxes first, of course!)….
(It’s pretty simple – we’ve already had some improvement ideas for the next time)
1st we built the tower. We took one refrigerator box, sawed off one side and used plastic zip ties to connect it to the end of the bunkbeds. Notice the convenient peephole located in the tower – they can keep an eye on the horizon for any unsavory characters.
Then we built the castle wall. Which is another refrigerator box, cut to size. (Appliance stores are the best place in the world for your box needs. We have been making REALLY good friends with a local one 😀 )
All the kids are having an absolute blast with it. I LOVE cardboard – I really do.