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Since When Raincoat

Both Greeks and Romans sheltered from the rain with tightly woven woolen coats fitted with a hood. The privileged people of the Middle Ages used thick canvas pelerines, often lined with fur.

In 1823, the Scottish industrialist in dyestuffs Charles Mackintosh had the idea of using benzol, a by-product of his manufacture which he did not know what to do with, as a rubber solvent and can therefore make it waterproof, by applying varnish obtained, two canvases glued to each other so that the varnish is no longer in contact with the skin.

From 1836, it was customary in Great Britain to call any rain garment cut from this canvas "mackintosh", so popular were the invention and the inventor.

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