As the mom of two sons in the Navy, while working in an ammunition plant, Stoudt had the idea to use cloth tape to seal boxes of ammo so it could be opened in mere seconds while keeping the ammo dry, potentially saving the lives of soldiers when time was critical. When her bosses rejected her idea, she went straight to President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself via a written letter. A few weeks later, she received a response that the Navy was going to "fast track" her idea, and thus duct tape was born. And who could imagine our lives without it now?
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