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Archive for October 17th, 2007

Lansing’s Historical Connection to the Plastic Pocket Protector

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Dang. Brian reads Boing Boing and he told me there was a link to a Plastic Pocket Protector online museum listed there. I tried to Google it but the page calls it a webseum rather than museum. I found myself at a History of the pocket protector.

Apparently one Hurley Smith, born in Bellaire, Michigan, applied for a patent on a plastic pocket protector in 1943. It was granted in 1947. He was an Electrical Engineer and was living in Buffalo, New York at the time.

In 1949, he moved his family to Lansing, Michigan (my home) and started production of the Plastic Pocket Protector here. I wonder where his factory was?

Too funny. You know, I spent 6 years as a computer trainer and another approximately 4 years doing freelance computer consulting/Y2K work. When I was a trainer, my boss gave me a pocket protector for Christmas one year.

I loved it! I had been graduated into the truly geeky. I kept my whiteboard markers in it for a long time. I know I did not toss it, but I don’t know where it is right now…