There are many different items that we have today that we so quickly take for granted. We rarely think about what life would be like without these technologies or conveniences. One such item is the envelope. So many of us have full boxes of envelopes stuffed in a drawer somewhere. Rarely would we notice the envelope that comes each day in the mail, it is only to be opened and then discarded. But the envelopes that we have today were not always around.
One of the earliest known envelope-like containers was used to transport money. These were hollow clay spheres that were molded around money and were used in the Middle East around 3500 B.C. But the earliest mention of paper envelopes comes around the second century B.C. The Chinese developed these paper envelopes. In America, envelopes in the mid-1800’s were usually pieces of paper that were folded over people’s correspondences. That is until 1845 when a patent was created by Edwin Hill and Warren De La Rue for an envelope-making machine. However, during the Civil War, envelopes were hard to find and many soldiers used whatever paper they could find, meaning that some envelopes were being made up from old scraps of wallpaper. Today, the European Patent Offices hold over 10,000 patents with the word “envelope” in the title. The most recent one being a fish roasting envelope.
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