Drawing of the first straw making machine
Drawing of the first straw making machine
 
 
Paper straws
Paper straws
 
 
Flexible straws
Flexible straws
 
 
Plastic straws
Plastic straws
 
 
Sip then eat celery straws
Sip then eat celery straws
 
 
Spiral straws
Spiral straws
 
 
Metal flexible tube
Metal flexible tube
 
Drinking Straw <br>Marvin Stone
Topic(s):   Inventions & Inventors
Quick Facts
Full Name Marvin Stone
Born 1842 (Portage County, Ohio)
Died May 17, 1899 (Washington, D.C.)
Nationality American
Occupation(s) newspaper reporter, factory owner, inventor
Major Achievement(s) invented drinking straw
Year Invented 1888 (drinking straw)

A drinking straw is a tube for moving liquid from one place to another. Before there were man-made straws, people used natural rye grass straws.

In 1888 Marvin Stone invented a straw. He placed strips of paper around a pencil from top to bottom. Then he removed the pencil. He glued the pieces of paper together. He later covered the paper with wax. That way the paper did not get soggy. The size of the opening was made small to keep lemon seeds out.

Stone’s idea of spiral tubes has been used for many other important things. It is used in making car parts. Television parts also use spiral tubes. Some hospital products use spiral tubes.

One day Joseph B Friedman watched his daughter drinking a milk shake. She was having a hard time reaching the straw. He decided put a screw inside a straw. Friedman wrapped dental floss around the screw threads. He made groves on the inside the straw. When he removed the screw, the grooves let the straw bend. The straw could then bend over the side of the drinking glass.

Today, there are straws that you can eat when you finish drinking. These straws are celery straws.

Resource information

The History of Drinking Straws - Origins and Invention. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.eatingutensils.net/history-of-other-eating-utensils/drinking-straws-history/

National Drinking Straw Day: 125 Years of Sipping and Slurping. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/blog/national-drinking-straw-day-125-years/

Who invented the drinking straw? | Reference.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.reference.com/history/invented-drinking-straw-5341be55f0f41a6b

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