I first came in contact with glue at an early age. It might have been pre-school? I remember “paste” coming in a round jar. The jar had a brush built into the lid. Paste is terrible for actually gluing anything together. It has virtually zero holding power.
I recall some of the kids eating paste including myself. If I were a paste manufacturer I’d add some nasty flavor to it. Castor oil or Brussel sprouts perhaps. Glue, since the 1950’s has come a long way. Good ole Elmer’s still remains the #1 glue for elementary age students. I like Elmer’s, especially the picture of a smirking bull on bottle. I suppose the bull is happy because he isn’t a horse.
Elmer’s was easy to clean off hands which teachers and moms appreciated. As far as strength goes, I found it worked fine unless you used too much. If you squeezed out rivers of glue the paper became a sea of wrinkles. No matter how hard you pressed the wrinkles remained. It was a delicate process. Sometimes glue ended up on my desk. Days later it was fun to peel off. Mom often said that, “Messy”, was my middle name. Several years went by before I came to realize what ‘use sparingly’ meant.
Super Glue was invented in 1942 but wasn’t readily available until the late 1950’s. I hate the stuff. It immediately dries causing much anxiety when fingers become stuck together. Many horror stories have been written about Super Glue. The worst involving a girl having her eye lids glued to each other. The gal ended up having surgery to unstick them. My wife thinks Super Glue is wonderful. I believe this has more to do with name than anything.
In my teen years some kids sniffed glue. I never knew anyone to intentionally do that. My brother and I often put together plastic cars and airplanes using model glue. I recall getting headaches if we were doing such in an enclosed room for too long. Right on the glue label was a warning about proper ventilation. During my growing years the words proper ventilation were subjective to interpretation.
My favorite glue these days is Gorilla. Gorilla Glue is great for many different materials. It’s strong like the name implies. If you allow Gorilla Glue to dry on hands it is a pain to clean off! I still have some stuck on the side of both thumbs and my arm.
Getting back to Elmer’s Glue. I see they now offer the product in a spray can. This would not have been good in my early years. A girl sitting in front of me had long blond hair. Her name was Nikki. I only remember her name because she always tattled on me.
As careless as I was around glue, a can of aerosol in my hands would’ve spelled disaster. Spray glue has a tendency to drift. Ask me how I know? Hair stuck to the back of a desk would be painful; especially upon standing.
The good thing being, instead of surgery, all you’d need to undo things is a good pair of scissors.
There’s one adhesive that I didn’t touch upon. This type of glue cannot be purchased from a supermarket shelf.