Re: Sheetrock by Rail

Frank Greene

"Don Worthy" <don_worthy@...>
Hey fellows, I didn't think that "sheetrock" was around in the 40s or even the early 50s. Here in the south, homes were still using the plastered walls and ceilings. Also, during the 50s many homes and company buildings were using beautiful "real" wood paneling.

I guess the south of Don's youth (Gordon, GA) was different from mine (Doraville, GA). My parents bought a new house in 1956 that had sheetrock walls.

So, I'm wondering "when" did "sheetrock" become a wide spread product?? I have a feeling that it came around in the 60s. I know the Kaolin companies made big advances in their field and Kaolin (chalk) is 90% of sheetrock.

Kaolin 90% content of sheetrock? I thought gypsum was the main ingredient.

Frank Greene
Memphis, TN

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