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The Romance of Rubber

The Romance of Rubber by United States Rubber Company
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This pamphlet was published in the early 20th century by the United States Rubber Company so that “coming generations of our country … have some understanding of the importance of rubber in our every day life… We believe the rubber industry will be better off if the future citizens of our country know more about it.” Learn about Christopher Columbus’s discovery of rubber, how the crafty British entrepreneur, Wickham, managed to smuggle rubber seedlings out of Brazil, and how rubber manufacturing came to be a “peculiarly American industry.” The myriad uses of rubber from a century ago are also elaborated in considerable detail – everything from submarines to Keds to dentures.

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THE ROMANCE OF RUBBER

EDITED BY JOHN MARTIN

EDITOR OF JOHN MARTIN'S BOOK THE CHILD'S MAGAZINE

PUBLISHED BY UNITED STATES RUBBER COMPANY

CONTENTS

1 THE DISCOVERY 2 CHARLES GOODYEAR 3 THE HEVEA TREE 4 WICKHAM'S IDEA 5 PLANTATION DEVELOPMENT 6 PLANTATION LIFE 7 HARVESTING THE RUBBER 8 A LAST WORD

AN INTRODUCTORY NOTE

We have undertaken to print this booklet, telling you how rubber is grown, gathered, and then made useful, for this reason:

The United States Rubber Company, as the largest rubber manufacturer in the world, wants the coming generations of our country to have some understanding of the importance of rubber in our every day life.

We hope to interest and inform you. We believe the rubber industry will be better off if the future citizens of our country know more about it.

CHAPTER 1

THE DISCOVERY

If you were asked, "What did Columbus discover in 1492?" you would have but one answer. But what he discovered on his second voyage is not quite so easy to say... Continue reading book >>


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