How a Rain-Soaked Seattle Bookstore Helped Invent the School Backpack

(via Mental FlossA leather belt. That’s what kids in the early 1900s often used to cart their school books around, securing the strap around the pile and using the slack as a handle.  But a chance meeting at the University of Washington campus bookstore between an outdoor equipment salesman and a store manager would forever influence how kids toted their school supplies.


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