delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 36 NUMBER 3


Will Hoffine,  N8TQU

Duck tape or duct tape

The origin and the name of duck tape or duct tape are arguable. One of the most credible arguments is an ordinance worker (and mother of two U.S. Naval sailors),Vesta Stoudt, at the Green River Ordinance * plant in Dixon, IL who had been experimenting with her version of the tape at work. She recommended it to her supervisors, who rejected it. She then wrote Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt with her concerns about the seals on ammunition boxes and suggesting using the tape. The letter was forwarded to the War Production Board which assigned Johnson and Johnson to work on further development of the tape. The new product was based around a thin cotton duck fabric which was coated with waterproof polyethylene and a rubber based adhesive applied to one side. It quickly was adapted to many unconventional uses and nicknamed “duck tape” by soldiers that used it. Many claims can be made on the basis of the term, that it's impervious to water like a duck, the duck cotton fabric from which it is made and others. After the war the Melvin A Anderson Co. of Cleveland, OH acquired the rights to the tape. It was widely used by in the HVAC industry for wrapping heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts and was termed “duct tape”. Jack Kahl purchased the Anderson company in 1971 and renamed it Manco. In 1980 Manco obtained the trademark Duck Tape for their product. In 1996 Manco moved it's corporate offices to Avon, OH. Others have acquired the company since. In 2004, the mayor of Avon, OH declared Avon “The Duck Tape Capital of the World” to coincide with the first annual Duck Tape Festival, which is always on Father's Day Weekend. I have often heard the term 100 mph tape and assumed it began in racing. Upon research of this article, I've discovered it came from the military using the tape to repair helicopter rotor blades in Vietnam. * not to be confused with the “Green River Ordinance” which prohibits door to door sales without a permit and named for Green River, WY where it was first enacted in 1931. Re: Wikipedia other sources
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