The Flexo-Line was invented in 1943 by the prolific American inventor, Lloyd Groff Copeman (1881-1956). Born of Canadian parents, Copeman was raised near Flint, Michigan and studied engineering at the former Michigan Agricultural College, now Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He went on to receive hundreds of patents including those for his inventions of the electric stove and rubber ice cube tray. Copeman has been featured in a variety of publications including those below.
As Copeman travelled frequently, he saw the need for a portable clothesline so he devised a flexible, lightweight, packable braided one from three strands of surgical latex rubber tubing attached with nylon loops for use in hotel rooms. His clothesline stretched up to seven feet and held wet clothing without clothespins. Copeman named it the Flexo-Line and in 1945, he established The Flexo-Line Company. Few changes have been made to the original and for 75 years, we’ve remained dedicated to using the finest quality materials. The Flexo-Line continues to be a trusted packing essential of leisure and business travelers worldwide.
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