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Arthur Fry, Post-It™ Note Inventor
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Art Fry

Art Fry

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Fumbling through sheet music

Post-it® Inventor

One Sunday in 1974, Art Fry, a new-products developer at 3M, was singing in his church choir.

“I found that the little piece of paper I used to mark the music had fallen out, making me fumble about trying to find the right page.

“This was followed by a dull sermon. My mind was wandering back to the music problem when I had one of those ‘flashes of insight.’ Eureka! By using a recently invented adhesive, I could make a bookmark that could be stuck on, and removed, without damaging the book.”

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