Seth Wheeler had Squares to Spare : History of Toilet Paper

Ever heard of Seth Wheeler?
He is the man we probably should thank everyday. He first conceived of the present day perforated toilet paper roll and dispensor. His first patent forerunner for this idea was in 1871.

In 1883 Seth was granted a patent that most resembles our present day roll of perforated toilet paper supported in the center with a tube. His company, Albany Perforated Wrapping Paper, manufactured this paper.
Seth also had patents for mounted brackets that held the rolls.

Fast forward to today where twenty-six billion rolls of toilet paper, worth about $2.4 billion, are sold yearly in America. Americans use an average of 23.6 rolls per capita a year. 

Not a bad legacy.