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The Sebir that created Liquid Paper

Background

Around 1950, an American typist and commercial artist Bette Nesmith Graham was frustrated by her inability to erase mistakes made by her electric typewriter. She began to reflect that artists painted over the mistakes they made on the canvas they were working on

Goal

Improve the ease of correcting mistakes

Problem

Text typed in ink is not easy to remove

Sebir

The ease of correcting mistakes was improved through developing a paper-coloured liquid that could be used to 'paint' over typing mistakes

Typing errors were eliminated because the liquid paint concealed them and they could then be typed over

Association Comment

Bette Nesmith Graham 'associated' the ability of artists to use paint to conceal their painting mistakes and adapted it to create a paint-on liquid that typists could use to cover over their mistakes

Historic Impact

In 1956, Bette Nesmith Graham started the Mistake Out Company that later became Liquid Paper