What we called "cardboard boxes" are technically handmade paper bag because they are made out of corrugated fiberboard. Fiberboard is made of paper and fluted. The fluted piece of paper lies between two flat liner boards, which results in a thick, durable material suited for packaging. However, when it was first patented in England in 1856, it was used as a liner for tall hats! Corrugated boxboard was not patented until 1871 and then it became a staple in packaging supplies, but had still not taken box form. An American, Albert Jones of New York City, originally used the cardboard for wrapping bottles and glass lanterns. (Bubble wrap was not invented until 1957.)


Oliver Long improved upon Jones' design, but it was a few years later that we finally saw the development of the actual paper perfume gift box. Robert Gair invented the cardboard box by accident in 1890. He was a paper bag maker and after a little mishap with one of the machines, he realized that by cutting and creasing the material in one operation, he could create a box. At first boxes and packaging were just used for glass and ceramics, but soon after, farmers used it for shipping produce. The box quickly replaced wooden crates for shipping due to its low costs.