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Razor BladesEdit

I don't have a source, but it seems to me the reason to wrap razor individually in waxed paper would be to prevent rust forming on the blade before use. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Freedomlives (talkcontribs) 17:47, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

Single edge razor blades are commonly sold wrapped in ordinary heavy paper and cardboard. Modern safety razor blades and disposable razors are commonly sold in plastic packages. I have removed this unreferenced claim. Edison (talk) 23:02, 2 December 2011 (UTC)

Environmetal benefits?Edit

Does anyone know if wax paper is better than plastic warp environmentally speaking? I have seen mixed advice on the web and little that is definitive. What about the wax paper sandwich bags vs. zip-loc plastic bags? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Fossil50 (talkcontribs) 15:57, 9 June 2008 (UTC)




         *we all know aluminum foil is a better insulator the plastic wrap and wax paper!!!!!!!!* 
     silly lilly 


 THANKS YOU REALLY/VERY MUCH  —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.47.16.179 (talk) 21:44, 6 October 2008 (UTC) 


History of wax paperEdit

I doubt it was invented in the 1870's since it was well known in the early 19th century. In 1812 it was recommended for containing blistering agents applied to the skin. "Agricultural & Horticultural Society of India" proceedings in 1838 recommended wrapping mail in wax paper to keep it dry. In 1842 it was recommended for containing gunpowder in cartridges. [1]" New Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia and Posology" (1842)by G.H. Jahr. p 250 says "wax is used to prepare.. a kind of wax paper to envelope bottles when sent to a distance." He describes mixtures of olive oil and purified beeswax used to make "cerated paper." Wax paper was made by "pouring the wax on a piece of paper, placed on a warm stone, and by spreading it in a uniform manner by means of a dry sponge." Wax paper was very commonly used in photography in the 1850's, since waxed paper with a photo emulsion made a good transparent negative. The sale of wax paper by apothecaries dates back to at least 1855. It was used in horticulture for grafting by 1860. Edison (talk) 23:24, 2 December 2011 (UTC)

Newer "wax paper" uses paraffin. I find a reference to Prof James F, Babcock recommending paraffine for making wax paper in 1867, cited in an 1876 journal: [2]. [3] says it was patented in 1877 by "New York Parties" and that it was used by 1883 to wrap "candy, butter, cheese, provisions, tobacco, soap, druggists' supplies, kid gloves, hardware and other articles which it is wished to keep air and moisture tight.." Productiion had expanded from 14,500 reams in 1878 to 350,000 reams in 1883. Edison (talk) 01:52, 3 December 2011 (UTC)
Various books and websites say that Thomas Edison patented paraffin paper or wax paper "around 1874", but his US patents include no patent so described. If such a US or non-US patent is found, or a better ref is found, this co-invention could be put back in the article. He did use "wax paper" in his phonograph experiments, and likely for his mimeograph, but refs above show that "wax paper" was in common use long before the 1870's."Using" does not equal "inventing" something which was in common use and was widely available commercially many years before. Edison (talk) 02:42, 3 December 2011 (UTC)