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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. 

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