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Melt Them Down And Call It A Good Year

Charles Goodyear was born in 1800 in New Haven, Connecticut. He entered the hardware business with his father, but the venture failed in 1830.

 

Thereafter he turned his talents to the commercial improvement of India rubber, which (until his time) melted in hot weather, froze and cracked in cold, and adhered to virtually everything. After numerous failed experiments, he accidentally dropped some rubber mixed with sulfur on a hot stove, resulting in a firm, pliable material. The famous "vulcanizing process" remedied the defects of natural rubber and revolutionized the industry.

 

Goodyear was unable to profit financially from his discovery. His numerous patents were constantly infringed, and although he was able to establish his rights legally, he died a poor and bankrupt man.

 

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Taken on June 3, 2005