Who invented sticky notes?

 
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Posted on Apr. 15th, 2008

As i recall it was made on accident in 1968. While trying to develop a new adhesive for tape for 3M, Dr. Spencer Silver created the adhesive seen on sticky notes. It took 12 years and a guy name Arthur fry at 3M to create the sticky notes you see today. As legend has it he sung in his church choir. Often he would use book marks that fell out all the time. This is where he came up with the idea.

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Posted on Apr. 15th, 2008

That is a great question! Whoever it was is a genius. But sticky notes are so obvious, I don't know howwe survived without them1

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Posted on Apr. 17th, 2008

I believe that brennfaye13 is accurate in who invented them. I heard they were created by accident. Silver was actually trying to create an adhesive more akin to super glue. What he came up with was by accident. He found the adhesive easily came off of surfaces and was a failure in that respect. However, secretaries/assistants in the office constantly complained about having a cluttered desk due to all the notes lying around. He took the failed super adhesive, applied it to some scraps of paper and gave them to the secretaries. After a week or so the secretaries came to him begging for more. I heard this from a 3M representative who spoke to a class of mine.

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