Monday, July 29, 2013

Charles Goodyear

Today we consider the case of Charles Goodyear. He invented the modern process of manufacturing stable rubber products. The process is called vulcanization of rubber. It was one of the biggest inventions of the 1800's, and enabled rubberized shoes and rain jackets, and practical automobile tires. Goodyear never really benefited from his invention, and died unknown and pretty much penniless. It was not until after his death that Goodyear Tire Company was created in his honor.


  1. How ironic that Mr Seiberling would choose to name his company after a man that died 40 years earlier. Only to see that name persevere to the present day, while Seiberling Rubber Company has faded into the distant past.

    If Frank were here today - would he see the Goodyear name on his company again?

  2. Mr Seiberling obviously didn't have an ego.
    I think that if he were here today, that he would be happy that the company which he created had survived and prospered..... no matter what it was named.