Boater Paper Insert Diaper

One of the first convenient disposable diapers.

Announcement / Release
around 1946
around 1951
Birth Place
New York, New York, United States of America


In 1946, Marion Donovan used a shower curtain from her bathroom to create the 'Boater', a plastic cover to be donned outside a diaper. First sold in 1949 at Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship store in New York City, patents were later issued in 1951 to Donovan, who later sold the rights to the waterproof diaper for $1 million.

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