Ever wonder how we ended up with so many types of screws and screwdrivers? Well, different ones have different purposes. And one of the most commonly used types was invented right here in Oregon. Can you guess which one it is?

It’s the Phillips head screw and screwdriver. This type of screw and screwdriver was invented to address the need for screws to screw down tighter and to hold up to increased torque. This was needed due to the greater demands created by the Industrial Revolution, especially the automobile and aviation industries.

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For more information, visit the Oregon Historical Society’s Oregon Encyclopedia Phillips screw and driver website. Come to think of it, why not visit the Oregon Historical Society as well to learn more about Oregon’s history and the fascinating people (and inventions) of our state?

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Leave a comment to let us know what you think of the Phillips head screw and screwdriver. When’s the last time you used one and what for? What other cool inventions do you know about that originated in Oregon?

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