1839: Enter Charles GOODYEAR…(yes, that Goodyear. ), Chuck accidentally drops a glob of a rubber and sulphur mix on the stove…VULCANIZED! Cured rubber is better rubber. Attempts to develop rubber tree plantations are successful in hot moist climates. The British Empire transplants seedlings from South American forest to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Malaysia. Almost all of today’s plantations trees come from these seedlings. Tree-mendous really.
1930s: Innerspring mattresses become widely used. Encased coil spring mattresses, which consist of individual springs sewn into linked fabric bags, are introduced.