Bubble wrap was originally designed to be used as wallpaper. In 1957, in New Jersey, engineer Al Fielding and inventor Marc Chavannes sealed two shower curtains together so that air bubbles were captured, giving the wallpaper a textured appearance. But the product turned out to be unsuccessful. Three years later, Frederick W. Bowers, a marketer at Sealed Air which made the product, came up with the perfect use for it — packaging material. Their first client was IBM which used bubble wrap to protect the IBM 1401 computer during shipment.