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Cheap, reliable, and strong, the rubber band is one of the world’s most ubiquitous products. It holds papers together, prevents long hair from falling in a face, acts as a reminder around a wrist, is a playful weapon in a pinch, and provides a way to easily castrate baby male livestock… While rubber itself has been around for centuries, rubber bands were only officially patented less than two centuries ago. Here now is a brief history of the humble, yet incredibly useful, rubber band.

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/06/100628-science-ancient-maya-aztec-rubber-balls-beheaded/
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Image Credit:

https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-137620859/stock-photo-colorful-rubber-band-on-a-white-background
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-121468532/stock-photo-paper-roll-with-elastic-band-on-table
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-164398340/stock-photo-milky-latex-extracted-from-rubber-tree-%28hevea-brasiliensis%29-as-a-source-of-natural-rubber
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-1414114/stock-photo-jail_head_in_hands
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-130063547/stock-photo-file-folder-labeled-as-patents-in-multicolor-archive-closeup-view-blurred-image-3d-render
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-131568719/stock-vector-patented-red-grunge-round-vintage-rubber-stamp-patented-stamp-patented-round-stamp-patented-grunge-stamp-patented-patented-vintage-stamp
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-35816147/stock-photo-%D0%9C%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%BA-%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D0%BA%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%B5-%D0%BF%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%82%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BE-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%B0
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https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-174922609/stock-photo-set-stationery-rubber-bands-as-background
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rubberband.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Edmund_Alexander_Parkes.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_Goodyear.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flickr-4727116608-original.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PriestleyPeale.jpg
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