How did people cost-effectively ship things prior to bubble wrap?

Pre-plastic, everything we now see in plastic containers was glass.

How did people ship the things without having major breakage? I mean, it would have to be a cost-effective endeavor.

Not sure if USPS (or whatever was around then) based postage on weight. If they did, the weight of the packaging would be heavy, I would think.

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  • 1 month ago

    They used foam instead of bubble wrap.

    They almost never shipped glass, because it broke too easily.

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  • John
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Wad up newspapers, use styrofoam peanuts, etc.

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  • 1 month ago

    Wadded newspapers, packing peanuts, popped popcorn, shredded fibers (raffia, not hay).

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  • 1 month ago

    First of all, people didn't have to ship very much at all because they bought stuff from stores twenty years ago. If you shipped something you used newspaper which was plentiful before the internet put those out of business too.

    • QuakerMaid
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      The stores had to get stuff to their stores to sell. It's not like they were jarring honey from the hive behind the store.

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  • Scott
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    1 month ago

    Excelsior, wood shavings, shredded paper, newspaper.

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  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Shredded paper and newspaper as I remember.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Shredded papers, saw dust, jute rug, etc

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  • 1 month ago

    "Excelsior" Tried and true.

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  • 1 month ago

    Wrapped in paper and cardboard.

    I work in retail, and we get many glass items in every day from food to general merchandise.  They are in sturdy cardboard boxes, with cardboard dividers between items if there are more than one item in each box.

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  • 1 month ago

    crunched up newspaper

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