When the inventor William Painter had a thought in 1891, he couldn’t set a cork in a bottle – instead, he invented a cap. Recognizing the growth of carbonated beverages during the 1880s, William saw that they posed a strange problem for packaging.
Except it was consumed in the shop, the drinks lose their identity“fizz” soon due to the imperfect seal of their caps. Accordingly, Painter set about creating a seal and cap that would retain the carbonation. It was no easy job, as there had already been over 1500 patented caps in the market and none had resolved the issue.
However, Painter was a skilled designer (he collected over eighty patents in his lifetime), and he was ready for new tasks. Called “crown corks,” the caps were made of metal, had corrugated edges(skirt), and were filled with thin cork discs. U.S. patent no. 468,258 was awarded to the creativity in 1894 and Painter established the Crown Cork and Seal Company. In order to use his product more accessible and easy to users, Painter also designed the bottle opener and a device for retailers to bottle their goods with his caps. The Painter died in 1906 with global success – in a world that was no longer flat.