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Picturing a World

It's in the bag!

Emily Arnold McCully, Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor (2006)
Did shoppers have paper bags in 1908? I wondered while working on a scene set in New York City. I found out they did, and I've just discovered that flat-bottomed paper bags of the sort we're all familiar with from grocery stores were invented by a woman, Margaret E. Knight, who patented her process in 1871.

For more information about Ms. Knight, click here—or take a look Ms. McCully's children's book! I've just requested a copy from my library.

Addendum: Well written, interesting, and beautifully illustrated. What a delightful find!
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