Who invented wax paper?

   A candlemaker who lived in New York City in the 1890's is said to have been the first person to make wax paper. He frequently stopped at a market on his way home from work to buy fresh fish— wrapped, of course, in ordinary paper. Long before his horsecar reached home, his package of fish would be soggy and smelly, and the other passengers would be thoroughly annoyed. One day he took wrapping paper to work and dipped it into liquid candlewax. After work that day he wrapped his fish in the waxed paper. There was no sogginess or odor from the package, and no one was annoyed by sitting next to a dead fish.

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