Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Washington DC – Center of Paper Straw Manufacture

BY: Matthew B. Gilmore

January 3, 1888 Marvin Chester Stone received a patent for the artificial drinking (paper) straw. This was a great improvement over a natural rye straw. Family stories recounted that years earlier Stone would frequent Aman’s Restaurant at 316 9th Street, NW where he’d sip a julep through a rye straw.

For the story visit:  http://intowner.com/2015/07/18/washington-dc-center-of-manufacturing/

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