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The Sebir That Bred Liquid Paper

Background

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

Goal

Improve the ease of correcting typing mistakes

Problem

Text typed in ink was not easy to remove or correct

Sebir

The ease of correcting mistakes was transformed through developing a paper-colored liquid that could 'paint over' typing mistakes Typing errors disappeared because the liquid 'paint' concealed them, enabling them to be then typed over

Association Comment

Bette Nesmith Graham associated more broadly from the capability of artists to paint over their mistakes and, in so doing, was able to breed a paper-colored paint-on liquid that typists could use to paint over their mistakes

Historic Impact

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