Have you ever thought much about the simplicity of a paint roller?
The paint roller typically consists of two parts: a “roller frame,” and a “roller cover.” The roller cover absorbs the paint and transfers it to the painted surface, the roller frame attaches to the roller cover. A painter holds the roller by the handle section. The roller frame is reusable. It is possible to clean and reuse a roller cover, but it is also typically disposed of after use.
The basic device was invented in 1940 by a Canadian, Norman Breakey. Breakey was never able to produce his invention in large enough numbers to profit from it before others made small changes to the paint roller’s design and were able to market it as their own invention.
One of the others was Richard Croxton Adams who held the first U.S. patent on the paint roller. He developed it in his basement workshop in 1940 while working for the Sherwin-Williams Paint Co.
The well known science fiction writer E.E. “Doc” Smith, author of “Skylarks of Space”, in his book Spacehounds of IPC, which was published in a magazine serial in 1931, actually mentioned using rollers to spread a paste on the outside of a space ship.
Norman James Breakey was born February 25th, 1891 in Pierson, Manitoba.
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