Duck Tape

By: Patte Michalek


Duck tape, introduced during World War II, has proven a strong adhesive for many households across the decades. However, this product once created out of necessity, has turned into an item one often runs into at today's craft shows.


Nameless green army tape appeared in the 1940s era because of the need for a strong and reliable adhesive to support the war effort. The idea for it came from a strong-bonding medical tape. After the war, the tape found a place among American cabinets as a useful tool. The founder and CEO, Jack Kahl, later branded the name "Duck" tape and created a logo consumers find on today's packaging. The name spurred from its ability to repel water.

Household Use

After WWII ended, the use for duck tape continued on the home front.

Craft Use

Today, stores stock over 20 different colors of duck tape. Crafters use duck tape to make small-scale items such as wallets and flowers to large-scale items such as purses and clothing. In fact, teens even compete in an annual scholarship contest called "Stuck at Prom," which awards $15,000 to whomever creates the best duck tape prom outfit duo.