Canadian DYK: The egg carton was invented in Telkwa, B.C.

The origins of the egg carton revealed

British Columbia's Joseph Coyle invented the egg carton in 1911.

Joseph Coyle was a publisher and journalist by trade, but he happened to be in the right place at the right time to have his legacy made and change the egg world forever.

He overheard an argument between a farmer and a hotel owner, whose eggs had arrived broken from being transported in a basket. Coyle took a newspaper and got to work, forming a carton shape with egg-sized holes that would keep eggs safe for transport. He began making them by hand, then mechanized the process, and patented it. He then sold his newspaper to move to Vancouver, set up egg carton factories, and the rest is history.