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American Earl TUPPER

born Earl Silas TUPPER

American businessman and inventor, best known as the inventor of Tupperware

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on July 28, 1907 in Berlin, New Hampshire, United States
Died: on October 05, 1983 in San Jose, Costa rica


Tupper was born on a farm in Berlin, New Hampshire. The Tupper family moved from Berlin when he was three years old.[where?]

After studying at Bryant & Stratton (now Bryant University) in Providence, Rhode Island, he began a landscaping and nursery business until the Great Depression forced the business into bankruptcy. He then got a job with the DuPont chemical company.

Using black, inflexible pieces of polyethylene slag, a waste product of the oil refining process given to him by his supervisor at DuPont, Tupper purified the slag and molded it to create lightweight, non-breakable containers, cups, bowls, plates, and even gas masks that were used in World War II. He later designed liquid-proof, airtight lids, inspired by the secure seal of paint can lids.

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