Drew joined 3M in Minnesota in 1921 while a modest manufacturer of
While testing his new paper of Wetordry sandpaper In auto shops, Drew was intrigued to learn that the two-tone car paint jobs so popular in the Roaring Twenties they were difficult to handle on the border between the two colors.
In response, after two years of working in 3M labs, Drew invented the first duct tape
The first tape had adhesive on the edges but not in the middle. On his first test, he fell out of the car and the frustrated car painter growled at Drew, "give him back this Tape those Scottish bosses and tell them to put more adhesive on it!" (By "Scottish" I meant "cheap" or "stingy"). The moniker stuck, both to Drew's improved scotch tape and to his 1930s invention, the Scotch Brand Cellulose Tape.
As a curiosity to mention that Scotty McTape, a cartoon young man who wore a kilt, was the brand's mascot for two decades, he first appeared in 1944.