Rubber Galoshes

February 4th Celebrates Rubber Galoshes

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 4th 1824, J.W. Goodrich introduced rubber galoshes to the public.

When we think of galoshes we think of rain or snow, and something we can wear on our feet, to make it through the bad weather conditions while also keeping our feet warm and dry, but before we get into that.

Where did the term galoshes come from?

It’s another great idea that came from the French, used during the 14th century the French term was called galoche.

The transition from a traditional wooden sole to one of vulcanized rubber may be attributed to Charles Goodyear and Leverett Candee.

Charles Goodyear has been around for centuries he was self-taught American chemist and manufacturing engineer who develop vulcanized rubber.

Leverett Candee was an industrialist, businessman, and pioneer rubber manufacturer. Charles Goodyear offered Candee a license to use the rubber vulcanization process he had just discovered, and by February 4th 1824, J.W. Goodrich introduced rubber galoshes to the public.

Today’s YouTube video below gives you brief of the history of rubber through history shared to by user name (agpaedu). As we celebrate the invention of how on February 4th 1824, J.W. Goodrich introduced rubber galoshes to the public.

Natural rubber is obtained from the milky secretion (latex) of various plants, but the only important commercial source of natural rubber (sometimes called Pará rubber) is the tree Hevea brasiliensis.

However today rubber are made in the lab, as technology becomes more apparent in lives so do the ideas to make rubber through different compound materials.

Did you know the first rubber factory in the world was established near Paris in 1803, the first in England by Thomas Hancock in 1820?

In 1823, Charles Macintosh found a practical process for waterproofing fabrics, and in 1839 Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanization, which revolutionized the rubber industry.

An unconfirmed legend states that an Englishman named Radley invented galoshes. He suffered from rheumatism and wanted to keep his feet dry.

While reading De Bello Gallico by Julius Caesar he noticed a description of protective cloth overshoes “gallicae” and decided to capitalize on the idea. He patented cloth overshoes reinforced with rubber to keep the feet dry.

Whoever put their best foot forward, the invention of the galoshes is here to stay, through rain and sleet of snow. Our tootsies are warm because of rubber galoshes.

As we celebrate how on February 4th 1824, J.W. Goodrich introduced rubber galoshes to the public.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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