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Savannah Pulp and Paper Laboratory (Charles Herty)

Location: Savannah, GA, USA
Date: 1932
Creator(s): Herty, Charles Holmes

When Georgia chemist Charles Holmes Herty found a way to make quality paper from pine trees in 1932, he also founded an industry that brought much-needed jobs to the depression-crippled south. Paper producers had deemed the plentiful pine too gummy—until Herty's Savannah Pulp and Paper Laboratory wrote a new chapter in the ancient craft inspired by insects who built paper nests while dinosaurs roamed the earth. At its root, however, the papermaking process remained the same: the bonding of cellulose, a polymer whose long chains support plant cell walls.

Era: 1930s
Innovation designated by:
Charles Herty
Courtesy U.S. Library of Congress.
Portrait of Charles Holmes Herty in 1925.
Herty Advanced Materials Development Center
Savannah, GA, USA

Herty Advanced Materials Development Center

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