Story Behind Inventors and Inventions Carbon Paper

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Invention: Carbon paper

Inventor: Ralph Wedgwood, England

Year: 1806

How Invented: As the producing of "duplicates of writing" became a need of the developing commercial world, Ralph Wedgwood found a way to meet the demand. He invented and patented carbon paper, which he made by saturating thin paper with ink and drying it between sheets of blotting paper. He opened a shop at 4 Rathbone Place, Oxford Street, London, where he maintained a lucrative business selling his product in the 1820s.

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