I played hookey with Quinn and her mother-in-law on Saturday and we went to see Julie and Julia. I loved the movie — now want to read Julia Child’s memoirs — especially the love story between Julia and Paul and her struggles to get her book published (a too familiar story).
BUT I was completely thrown out of the movie in the very last scene. It’s a triumphant moment, in the famous kitchen, when Julia holds the first copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking in her hands. Here’s what stopped me:
the book came in a bubble-wrap envelope.
I don’t think they had bubble-wrap envelopes in 1961, do you?
My intrepid son-in-law learned that bubble wrap invented in 1957 (if I’m remembering correctly) but were there bubble-wrap envelopes then? One of my college jobs (early to mid 70s) was mailing manuscripts for my poet boss and I don’t ever remember using bubble wrap envelopes.
Are there any packaging experts out there who can shed light on the history of bubble wrap pouches for me so I can stop fretting about this and instead fret about finishing my WIP by September 1?