Scotch Tape Day

Scotch Tape Day is observed next on Friday, January 31st, 2025 (255 days from today).

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Scotch Tape Day is celebrated on January 31 every year. This is the event that marks the day scotch tape was invented and hit the market.

Problems with the large adhesive, Scotch Brand Masking Tape, led to the invention of the scotch adhesive tape known today. The most immediate problem at the time was two-tone stickers for car parts. Unfortunately, the origin of the "Scotch" in the title is from a racist point of view; "Scotch" synonym for "cheap" refers to the people of Scotland.

History of Scotch Tape Day

Scotch Ice Day takes place every year to commemorate January 31, 1930 when the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M Company) first began marketing Scotch tape. Scotch tape is an adhesive tape that combines base materials coated with an adhesive. Depending on the intended use, different substrates and adhesives can be used. Scotch tape is a pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA), a key component of some adhesive tapes. Adhesive bandages were first developed in 1845 by Dr. Horace Day, a surgeon. In 1901, Oscar Troplowitz of Germany invented a patch called Leukoplast for the German company Beiersdorf AG. In 1936, the German company Beiersdorf AG invented a transparent patch called Tesa. The forerunner of current tapes was developed by Richard Drew in the 1930s in St. Paul, Minnesota to seal a new transparent material called cellophane.

Scotch tape is a brand name but it is still sometimes used as a generic term. Scotch marks include a variety of textures (base, adhesive, etc.) and color of the tape. The use of the term Scotch in the name was an obnoxious "stingy" connotation in the 1920s and 1930s. The Scotch brand appeared around 1925 while Richard Drew was testing his first duct tape to identify amount of binder he needs to add. The artist is frustrated with the pattern tape and exclaims: “Give this tape back to your Scotch bosses and have them put on more glue! This name was soon applied to the entire line of 3M tapes.

Scotty McTape, a boy dressed in cartoons, has been the brand's mascot for two decades, first appearing in 1944. The familiar tartan design, inspired by the famous Wallace tartan, was introduced in 1945. The Scotch, Scotch Tape and Magic Tape trademarks are registered trademarks of 3M. In addition to using Scotch as a prefix in its brand names (Scotchgard, Scotchlite and Scotch-Brite), the company also uses the name Scotch for its (mostly professional) audiovisual products, until the early 1990s when the tape was branded only with the 3M logo. In 1996, 3M was sold to Quantegy (a subsidiary of Ampex).

How to celebrate Scotch Tape Day

The most common creative use for scotch tape today is the production of art from this material. There are many accounts of scotch tape wallets, costumes, wall decorations, decorations, and more.

Scotch Ice Day unites people through an appreciation of mundane things. Scotch tape is a common household item that is used frequently. It is an item that many people can ignore assuming they always have it if they need it. It's always there. This holiday reminds everyone that we must appreciate every available resource.


Scotch Tape Day has been observed annually on January 31st.


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