<p>In 1888, Marvin Stone patented the spiral winding process to manufacture the first paper drinking straws. Stone was already a manufacturer of paper cigarette holders. His idea was to make paper drinking straws. Before his straws, beverage drinkers were using the natural rye grass straws.</p><h3>Making Drinking Staws</h3>Stone made his prototype straw by winding strips of paper around a pencil and gluing it together. He then experimented with paraffin-coated manila paper, so the straws would not become soggy while someone was drinking. Marvin Stone decided the ideal straw was 8 1/2-inches long with a diameter just wide enough to prevent things like lemon seeds from being lodged in the tube.<h3>Stone Straw Corporation</h3>The product was patented on January the 3rd, 1888. By 1890, his factory was producing more straws than cigarette holders. In 1906, the first machine was invented by the Stone&#39;s &#34;Stone Straw Corporation&#34; to machine-wind straws, ending the hand-winding process. Later other kinds of spiral-wound paper and non-paper products were made.<h3>Impact on Other Industries</h3>In 1928, electrical engineers began to use spiral-wound tubes in the first mass produced <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/invention-of-radio-1992382" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">radios</a>. All made by the same process invented by Stone. Spiral-wound tubing is now found everywhere -- in electric motors, electrical apparatus, electronic devices, electronic components, aerospace, textile, automotive, fuses, <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/battery-timeline-1991340" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="2">batteries</a>, transformers, pyrotechnics, medical packaging, product protection, and packaging applications.<h3>Bendy Straws</h3>Bendable straws, articulated straws, or bendy straws have a concertina-type hinge near the top for bending the straw into a more favorable angle for sipping. Joseph Friedman invented the bendy straw in 1937.