Today marks the 60th anniversary of the patent grant for the utilitarian barcode. Sixty years you say? If you think it doesn’t feel like it’s been in use that long, you would be right. The Barcode was patented 60 years ago, but the technology to actually put it into practice didn’t emerge for another 22 years. Patent or practical use doesn’t really matter; the Barcode is passing a milestone and has changed the way we live.
But the black-and-white stripes did not get a universal welcome, with some wine manufacturers refusing to incorporate barcodes onto their labels for aesthetic reasons.