B. F. Goodrich Rubber Company of Akron, OH, USA introduced vinyl shower curtains in 1938. The curtains were made of lightweight Japanese silk coated with Koroseal, or polyvinyl chloride that was developed by a Goodrich staff scientist, Dr. Waldo Semon. Koroseal was resistant to the effects of steam, soap, and hot water, and a few years the company produced shower curtains made from vinyl alone.
Dr. Waldo Semon
Akron, OH, USA
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May 28, 1999 – Mr. Semon had arrived two years earlier at the B. F. Goodrich Company … It soon appeared in shower curtains, umbrellas and raincoats.
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Sep 26, 2015 – During 1930-1970’s, the B.F. Goodrich Company continued on with a … In addition, Goodyear had a full line of household products including vinyl garden hoses, shower curtains, garment bags and rain coats made of Pliofilm.
- Waldo Semon; Chemist Developed Vinyl – Los Angeles Times
Jun 1, 1999 – As a chemist for B.F. Goodrich in the mid-1920s, he had been assigned … raincoats and shower curtains, started popping up on store shelves …
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… Method of Preparing Polyvinyl Halide Products” – and the vinyl era was born. … Early applications included raincoats, umbrellas and shower curtains. Not soon after Koroseal was rolled out, BFGoodrich started using the brand name … 2000, the joining of The GEON Company and M.A. Hanna formed PolyOne – one of the …
- PVC – Poly(vinyl chloride) – Polymer Science Learning Center
Wouldn’t you know it, in 1926 the very next year, an American chemist, Waldo Semon was working at B.F. Goodrich when he independently invented PVC. But unlike the earlier chemists, it dawned on him that this new material would make a perfect shower curtain. He and his bosses at B.F.