In a home kitchen in the early 1830’s a, then unknown, inventor saw potential in the milky sap from the Indian rubber tree. Surely, he thought, there must be a way to make the sticky substance more useful.
Through many years of experiments he mixed the raw rubber with a variety of different substances and tested the outcome. Did this mixture improve the properties of the raw material? No; onto the next trial. None were successful until he hit upon the idea of also heating one of the mixtures. [Read more…]