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Paper company exec E. Bryant Crutchfield, inventor of the Trapper Keeper, has died at the the age of 85. His three-ringed gizmo, memorialized on a 2000 episode of South Park, was a feature of millions Gen-X grade-school backpacks and lockers in the 1980s. It was revived in 2021, but probably needs to add an iPad case.


“E. Bryant Crutchfield, 85, Dies; Gave the World the Trapper Keeper,” Clay Risen, New York Times

“E. Bryant Crutchfield, creator of the Trapper Keeper, dies at 85,” Emily Langer, Washington Post

“The History of the Trapper Keeper,” Erin McCarthy, Mental Floss

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