Well, not exactly born, but at least patented. The day was July 12 and the year was 1852. The man was Francis Wolle, who was born in Jacobsburg, Pennsylvania, December 17, 1817. Wolle first patented the fabulous machine in the United States and then in France and England. This machine was the first of its kind, and covers the fundamental principle of the many similar machines that are now used. There were other advancements during the 1870s, which included glued paper sacks and the gusset design, producing the types of paper bags used today.
Paper bags are such a huge part of our lives. Unless you are an avid reusable bag carrier or lunch paler, then you use paper bags many times during your week. I know that when I was a kid, my mom always gave us our lunches in paper bags, so I used one everyday. Now that I am an adult, I usually get plastic bags at the grocery store. But there are many stores out there that have sturdy, handled paper bags and I always ask for my groceries to be put in those. They are so nice for carrying other things around. No matter what, the paper bag was an incredible invention and we can thank Francis Wolle for helping us make it faster and easier.