My Father Arthur C. Van House invented hairspray in the middle 40's. See the story on my web page www.southerncaliforniainfo.com . Somewhere on the web it states (in error) that Chase Products invented it in the late 40's. That is NOT correct information. I called Chase products to see if they actually claimed the invention. They do not. Chase products is in the business of manufactoring aersol cans for products like hairspray. They told me that one of the online question answering services answered that question irresponsibly.
* Hairspray was first developed and manufactured in 1948 by Chase Products Company, based in Broadview, Illinois.well that's what I've heard