James Albert Bonsack

James Albert Bonsack

James Albert Bonsack

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James Albert Bonsack (October 9, 1859, Roanoke, Virginia, U.S. – June 2, 1924, Philadelphia) invented in 1880 the first cigarette rolling machine.

Until then cigarettes had been rolled by hand. Readymade cigarettes were a luxury item, but became increasingly popular.Bennett, W.: , Science '80, September/October 1980. URL last accessed 2006-10-11.—was insufficient to satisfy the demands in the 1870s. In 1875, the Allan & Ginter company in Richmond, Virginia offered a prize of US$ 75,000 for the invention of a machine able to roll cigarettes. Bonsack took up the challenge and left school to devote his time to building such a machine. In 1880, he had a first working prototype, which was destroyed by a fire while in storage at Lynchburg, Virginia. from...... ...
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