Did you know?

column01_photo01Here’s a fun fact for you. Did you know that the inventor of the friction match was born in Stockton-On-Tees back in 1781?

We were also a bit surprised when we heard this, but it did make us do some small research concerning friction matches and mister John Walker (inventor) himself. Like many inventions back in the 1800’s, Walker came across the invention of friction matches by sheer surprise. He was fooling around in his lab trying to easier ways to obtain fire, which was quite difficult in those days.

While experimenting with different substances like Antimony sulfide and Potassium chlorate he accidentally covered a small wooden stick with these substances. By chance he found that by rubbing the covered stick against the hearth the substance would ignite and transfer the fire directly to the wood, hence the birth of the friction match.

Quite cool isn’t it?

 

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