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Sunday, October 12, 1823. :   Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling the raincoat he has invented.

     In the UK, raincoats are commonly called Macintoshes, after their inventor. Early in the 19th century Charles Macintosh, after discovering that coal-tar naphtha dissolved india rubber, painted one side of woollen cloth with a dissolved rubber solution, and placed another layer of woollen cloth on top. By so doing, he invented a method for making waterproof garments. Thus, Macintosh produced macintosh coats, which he first began selling on 12 October 1823.

In 1838, Charles Macintosh joined forces with Thomas Hancock, the English inventor credited with founding the British rubber industry. Hancock invented the masticator, a machine that shredded rubber scraps, forming a warm rubber mixture which could then be shaped and mixed with other materials. Together, Macintosh and Hancock improved the design of the macintosh.

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