WORLDKINGS - On This Day – January 03, 2023 - 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington, D.C , in 1888

02-01-2023

(Worldkings.org) In 1888, Marvin Stone patented the spiral winding process to manufacture the first paper drinking straws. Stone was already a manufacturer of paper cigarette holders. His idea was to make paper drinking straws. Before his straws, beverage drinkers were using the natural rye grass straws.

On January 3, 1888, Marvin C. Stone received Patent # US375962 A, for the paper drinking straw.  In acknowledgment of that invention, each year on January 3, people across the nation observe National Drinking Straw Day. Later, Stone further refined his invention by building a machine that would coat the outside of the paper with wax to hold it together, so the glue wouldn’t dissolve in the Bourbon he liked to drink.

 

It is believed the very first drinking straws were used by the Sumerians for drinking beer.  Archeologists speculate they used the straws to avoid the solid byproducts of fermentation that would have sunk to the bottom.  The oldest drinking straw known to be in existence was found in a Sumerian tomb dated 3,000 B.C.E.  This found straw was a gold tube inlaid with a precious blue stone.

 

Neighbors to the Sumerians, the Argentines used a similar metallic device called a bombilla.  Used for hundreds of years, the bombilla acted as both a straw and a sieve.

 

Today, manufacturers make a variety of reusable straws.  From stainless steel and glass to bamboo and silicone, they not only save money and the environment but they are also fun to use.  They come in a variety of creative shapes and colors.

 

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