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History Of The Cardboard Box – The Accident That Lead To Its Creation…

11 January 2024 by
Quickbox Manufacturing Ltd, Hannah Smith

What Did We Do Before The Cardboard Box?

Well, wooden crates were mainly used; however, this wasn’t scalable, nor was it healthy for your wallet. Quickbox provide efficient and affordable solutions, find out more today using our custom box calculator, but that’s enough about us, let’s get back to the history of the cardboard box…

When Were Cardboard Boxes Invented And Who Invented The Cardboard Box?

It is believed that the first commercial paper box came to be from the M. Treverton & Son firm in England, however the way we know cardboard boxes today was of German creation later in the same year. Surprisingly, this wouldn’t be patented for another 39 years in 1856 back in England.

The idea of producing a box from a single piece of pre-cut material came by accident in 1890 with Robert Gair. An accident at the time, but merely the eye opener that was required for a product that we all know so well today. Something that would go on to change the way cardboard is used forever.

The folding of paper bags was executed with a metal ruler, which through fault ended up slicing through the material. A demonstration which would give Robert the idea of cutting and bending the product in one action, allowing for mass production from one simple step. The application of this to the card would soon follow.

This was only the beginning of cardboard boxes. At this stage, the boxes were presented as blank canvasses. It is believed that Kellogg’s was the first company to use cardboard boxes for more than containment, with the addition of both marketing and labelling. So there you have it, the history of the cardboard box!

“Innovate and develop Cardboard Packaging Solutions” – Quickbox HQ

Although we are not sure of how much more the cardboard box will develop, we know that here at Quickbox, we will continuously look to modernise our processes in order to ensure that you are receiving the best cardboard box, concurrent to the times we are in. Innovation is one of our values and one of our missions is to innovate and develop cardboard packaging solutions ourselves.

We are constantly looking to improve cardboard boxes and to keep up to date with the industry trends, but think it is equally important to look back on where it all began.

I Have Now Learnt About The Past, But Where Do I Go In The Future?

Interested in looking at our range of cardboard boxes available and perhaps printing on your bespoke packaging, like Kellogg’s did for the first time, take a look at our custom box calculator.

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Quickbox Manufacturing Ltd, Hannah Smith 11 January 2024

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