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History of the Paint Tube

JOHN GOFFE RAND'S INCREDIBLE INVENTION

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John Goffe Rand - Self Portrait

“A metallic vessel so constructed, as to collapse with slight pressure and thus force out the paint or fluid confined therein through proper openings for that purpose and which openings may be afterward closed air-tight, and thus preserving the paint or other fluid remaining in the vessel from being injuriously acted on by the atmosphere.”

This rather quaint description of an everyday item that we have come to take for granted was on the patent application for the humble tube we have come to associate with toothpaste and artist paint.

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