So, Who’s the Genius That Invented the Dry Erase Board?

Don’t you wish it was you?

Many of the best great ideas and inventions happen when you’re not even looking for it. The dry-erase board, also known as a whiteboard, and a dry-wipe board was invented in the 1950’s by a photographer named Martin Heit. Apparently he was developing some film in a darkroom and decided to catalog the negatives by writing on them with a marker.

wbiab_sales_presentationLater, he noticed that the writing from the marker wiped off very easily, and voila (sound of light clicking on here) – he got an idea.

Heit created some material similar to photographic negatives, but made them white. He patented the idea and eventually sold it to a company named Dri-Mark, hopefully for a lot of money.

For a long time the white surface was attached to steel plates, which made them very heavy. Later they were stuck to particle board which lightened their weight, but they would wear out in about a year.

Whiteboards didn’t become widely used until several years later when the surfaces were improved and marker ink was developed to be removed with a special eraser.

In the 1990’s schools became very interested in whiteboards because of the concern over allergies to chalk dust. Businesses who employ a lot of creative talent love whiteboards because of the many colors that can be used to illustrate new ideas and concepts.

As you can see, the products has been consistently improved, but like every manufactured item, the dry-erase board has a life-expectancy. The is why Whiteboard-in-a-Box is so ingenious. When a common whiteboard, attached to wood or particle board starts to lose it’s shiny finish, it’s expensive to replace the whole board. Whiteboard-in-a-Box is a great alternative because it allows you to easily re-surface the worn board, at a fraction of the cost of a new board.

Whiteboard-in-a-Box is easy to size and cut, and it simply adheres to the old whiteboard, and looks shiny and new. Several seamless sizes are available at or

Markers, erasers, and marker clips are also available.