[Worldkings] Top 100 pioneers in all fields (P. 50) Marvin Stone (USA): The first person to invent the modern drinking straw


(Worldkings.org) Marvin Stone was an inventor who is best known for inventing, patenting, and producing the spiral winding process to manufacture the first paper drinking straws.

Marvin Chester Stone (4 April 1842 – 17 May 1899) was an American inventor. He is best known for inventing the modern drinking straw.


In the 1800s, the rye grass straw came into fashion because it was cheap and soft, but it had an unfortunate tendency to turn to mush when put in liquid.

He came upon the idea while drinking a mint julep on a hot day in Washington, D.C.; the taste of the rye grass straw was mixing with the drink and giving it a grassy taste, which he found unsatisfactory. He wound paper around a pencil to make a thin tube, slid out the pencil from one end, and applied glue between the strips.

Next, he experimented with paraffin wax-coated manila paper, so that the straw would not get soggy when used. Stone's straws were 8 ½ inches long and had a diameter just wide enough to prevent things like fruit pips from getting lodged in the tube.

Stone received the patent of the "artificial straw" on January 3, 1888. It was made out of paper. By 1890, Stone's factory was producing more straws. The company was housed in a large manufacturing establishment at 1218-1220 F Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. On February 6, 1896, Stone applied for two U.S. patents (585,057, and 585,058) for a machine that made artificial straws made of paper; the patents were published in June 22, 1897.


Marvin Stone died before his patented manufacturing process was in production, but the company that Marvin Stone created is still in operation as the Stone Straw Company. Today they produce a variety of types of straws including eco-friendly straws which are bio-degradable and made of paper.

According to Wikipedia & thoughtco.com

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