Richard Gurley

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Richard Gurley was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota back in 1899. Sorry but that’s about all I have for his childhood, or schooling information, nothing on who his parents were and so on, you know the drill. So, what say let’s get to the rest of the story.

In 1920, you would find Richard working for the 3M company in St. Paul Minnesota, which at the time was a manufacturer of sandpaper. Richard was working on a new Wetordry sandpaper, when he noticed as the auto paint shops were trying to create a two-tone paintjob they were having difficulty at managing the borders between the two different colors.

That sit in motion something that Richard will go down in the history books for. It took him two years but he invented the first masking tape in 1922. It was a two-inch-wide tan paper strip backed with a light pressure-sensitive adhesive. In 1930, Richard Gurley Drew invented the world’s first transparent cellophane adhesive tape, thus setting in motion 3M’s survival. You may recognize the name attached to the cellophane tape “Scotch Brand”. He died in Santa Barbara, California in 1960 at 81. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and pass it on to someone in need


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Comments (17)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Who of us doesn't know Scotch Tape? Sadly we never knew the person behind it, until now. Can you imagine life without it?

Jan 16, 2018 04:06 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Now,  James, this is a man I wish I could have thanked for all of his very useful inventions.

Jan 16, 2018 04:58 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Well, I have used many miles of both products and now know whom to thank.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 16, 2018 05:10 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Sure hope he got a nice paycheck for those inventions.

Jan 16, 2018 05:40 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This was a terrific read and an incredible story of creativity.

Jan 16, 2018 05:46 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James Dray .  I'm so glad Richard Gurley was born.  Scotch tape revolutionized the world of paint design.

Jan 16, 2018 06:13 AM
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale

Hi james thank you for the knowledge youve share with us keep it up.

Jan 16, 2018 07:09 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Now there is a person who truly changed the world. He was the Mahatma Ghandi of practicality.

Jan 16, 2018 07:50 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray  - Who knew? !! Great info on Richard Gurley - Just used some scotch tape today.  

Jan 16, 2018 11:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon James Dray,

Wow now that is something everyone uses but probably never gave a thought to the person who invented it! Changed everyones' lives! Thank you Richard Gurley!

Jan 16, 2018 12:05 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, I figure it was around longer then that,  Thanks for the history lesson as always.


Jan 16, 2018 01:51 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We sold a building in Los Angeles to the guy who invented the sticky notes at 3M.  Like your story.  A

Jan 16, 2018 03:08 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I still know to this day, that 3M duct tape is used extensively on nuclear submarines James Dray 

Jan 16, 2018 04:21 PM
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Scotch tape is such a little object, but it impacts our lives so much. Thanks for sharing. 

Jan 16, 2018 07:09 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's a great story, James. And about a product we are all intimately familiar with.


Jan 16, 2018 08:20 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, I really enjoyed this history lesson.  Nice to know the background of this commonly used product.  Where would we be without this?

Jan 16, 2018 09:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well James you out did yourself with this historical trivia, we all know masking tapes and scotch tapes, now I would love to know who invented Duck tape:))Endre

Jan 17, 2018 12:14 AM