The Paper Bag

Kelechi Ihejirika

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paper bag with groceries

America got a brand new paper bag when cotton mill worker, Margaret Knight, invented a machine to make them with a flat square bottom in 1868. Paper bags originally looked more like envelopes. A man named Charles Annan saw her design and tried to patent the idea first. Knight filed a lawsuit and won the patent fair and square in 1871.

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