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  • (engine revving)

  • - [Narrator] Little trees.

  • They're a rear view mirror staple,

  • protecting noses from offensive odors

  • all over the world.

  • But where do they come from?

  • Over 60 years ago, a scientist

  • by the name of Julius Samann

  • had a chance encounter with a milkman

  • that changed the course of the air freshener game forever.

  • It was in Watertown, New York.

  • A milkman was making the rounds

  • when he stopped to speak to Julius,

  • a German Jewish chemist who fled the Nazis

  • and studied alpine tree aromas in the forest of Canada.

  • Said milkman, began venting to Julius

  • about the stench that spoiled milk left in his car

  • and thus the quest began to destroy bad car odors.

  • Julius drew inspiration from the tree aromas he studied

  • by infusing their oils onto paper.

  • In 1954, he filed a patent for tree-shaped paper

  • infused with odor destroying air perfume.

  • Julius then started producing the air freshers

  • out of an empty auto shop

  • and sending samples to local gas stations.

  • The little trees were a big hit,

  • and Julius successfully created the first

  • automotive air freshener.

  • Though the look remains the same,

  • the scents are forever changing.

  • Now the little tree company has over 60 scents

  • and has sold over a billion little trees worldwide.

  • (upbeat music)

(engine revving)

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The Story of the Little Tree Car Air Fresheners: So Fresh and So Clean

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    許大善 posted on 2019/09/29
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