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How School Backpacks Have Changed

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When I was a kid, my mom used to put my bottle and toys into a small backpack and put on me, making me just look like a junior backpacker, a cute one I believe. ? Reading Tools of the Trade series, Mr. Steve Drummond, class of ’79 from Wayne Memorial High School, shares his story that no one had a backpack in his school days. Every one carried books in arms.

“Nowadays, backpacks are everywhere. It’s almost impossible for younger people to imagine a world without them.” I agree with Mr. Steve.

I always carry a backpack with heavy textbooks since school days and now as a working adult. I’m still keeping my first school backpack presented by my father in my 6th year old birthday. Still remembering my first traveller backpack was bought in the preparation for my further study oversea couple years ago and that’s the time I started to have interest on backpacks. Wondering is anyone of you curious on how the backpacks of school children have changed just like me?

Let’s have a walk to the memory lane of school backpacks.

In 1900s – 1930s, school kids didn’t have any bags yet. All they have was a leather straps holding books together.

The first zipped rucksack is made in 1938 by an outdoor enthusiast, Gerry Cunningham, the owner and creator of Gerry Outdoors.

In the decade of 1940s, bags with red plaids design started to be common among school children.

In 1950s, bag of one-strap styles, leather backpacks and patterned lunchboxes become popular.

Leather bags with short handles were the trend in the decades of 1960s.

The rucksacks with zipped compartment designed by Gerry in 1930s sold well. Over the years with improvements, Gerry used nylon in his Teardrop Backpack, stronger, lighter and more durable. This was the first nylon backpack made.

In 1975, a new pack called Cricket made by an expert seamstress, Briggs with the intention to make a bag for text books.

Prince William and Prince Harry, walking to meet the headmaster, 1989. (Express Newspapers Via AP Images)

The 1990s is the decades of nylon bags.

Millennium children take their wheeled backpack to school.

In 2010s.

In recent years styles of backpacks haven’t changed much. Enhancements are made for functions and fashion as well.

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