It’s a beautiful fall afternoon. This kids are digging through their toys and they come across some unused bubbles. What could be more fun then playing with bubbles while mommy makes dinner.
As defined by Wikipedia,
A soap bubble is a very thin film of soapy water that forms a hollow sphere with an iridescent surface.
In all their beauty and amazement, bubbles only last a few seconds before they burst on their own or come in contact with an object that ‘pops’ the bubble. Bubbles are a fun past time that kids of all ages enjoy. But do you know who came up with the idea? Many people believe that the bubble originated back in the time of the Egyptians with the create of soap from lye and glycerin. But bubbles the toy was not invented until the early 19th century.
A mother by the name of Mrs. James MacNaughton lived in Phoenix with her husband and child. As young children, the MacNaughton boys loved bubbles. With the use of a pipe, bubbles were often created in the nursery to amuse the children. After a while both children became ill. It began with sores in the mouths which lead to serious irritation of their stomach and bowels. The youngest boy got so ill that it began to threaten his life. After examining the cause of the illness, Mrs. James MacNaughton hypothesized that her children were getting ill from the impurities in the soap. Instead of “blowing” out the bubbles, the boy tended to inhale the lather, thus taking the poisonous substance in his body. After spending many days on the brink of death, Mrs. James MacNaughton was able to see her son through his illness. Upon his recovery, the boy begged mercifully for his bubbles. This began Mrs. James MacNaughton’s search of a solution. After 3 years of labor intensive experimentation, Mrs. James MacNaughton was able to concoct a solution that would safe for children yet durable enough to perform the desired result. Thus the birth of the bubble as a toy was born.
As I sit here and watch my children gleefully run back and forth enjoying the bubbles, I thank Mrs. James MacNaughton for her SAFE invention!