The first American toothpaste sold in a tube was packaged in 1892 by Dr Washington Sheffeld. He was a dentist practicing in New England, Connecticut. The collapsable tube; however, was made of lead. During WWII, the emptycontainers were placed on the street for collection so the lead could be recycled to make bullets for the war effort. After the 1950’s the lead- lined toothpaste tube was discontinued for a newfangled synthetic product called plastic. This is currently how most toothpaste is packaged.