Thank You Thursday salutes Kleenex. That’s right. They’re my constant companion during allergy season and right now, with 2 of us having the head cold from hell, they’re a must have. Did you know Kimberly-Clark invented them in WWI as a substitute for cotton? There was a cotton shortage in 1914, so a substitute was needed for surgical bandages. Kimberly-Clark invented a cotton-like wadding called Cellucotton. After the war it was spun-off as a glamor product: to remove cold-cream. Women soon began writing the company to complain that their husbands were blowing their noses in the “cold cream handkerchiefs.
About the same time a Chicago inventor came up with the pop-up tissue box. Once the two products were wed as an easily accessible way of containing sneezes….my hero product was born.