Women’s History Month
Our History Is Your History
Bette Nesmith Graham March 23, 1924-May 12, 1980
Graham, a high school dropout who earned a living working as a secretary was also the inventor of Liquid Paper one of the most popular office supplies ever.
Graham was a part-time window painter and used the paint over technique as the concept for Liquid paper. Working as a secretary, when the electric typewriters took the place of standard ones, errors were hard to correct, so she found a way to paint over the mistake and continue typing by making a mix using water-based paint.
What started out in Graham’s backyard as a small business was sold to Gillette Corporation in 1979 for $47.5 million dollars.