Paperclip Day is an American holiday dedicated to the paper clip. This great invention, despite its simplicity, has made working with paper documents much easier. Now it is not difficult to fix them with a paper clip so as not to lose or confuse documents. The holiday is celebrated annually on May 29.
The history of Paperclip Day is devoid of details. The paperclip itself appeared in 1867, thanks to C. B. Fay, who patented the invention. It was made from flexible wire, the same material used today. The staple was created to attach labels to fabric. However, people saw the usefulness in stapling paper documents, which quickly made it popular and in demand around the world.
The current design was developed later. It was patented by Johan Vaaler in 1901. This is the form in which the paper clip has existed for over a hundred years, and we are happy to open the cardboard box with paper clips and staple the required papers.
- Several dozen patents have been registered for the paper clip.
- A year after the paper clip was invented, the stapler was patented. It was a mechanical device that allowed papers to be stapled together with a staple. Over time, the device was modernized, and the stapler became more like its modern form.
- Before the paper clip, there were only pins, which were unsafe due to their sharp ends.
How to celebrate
Study more interesting information about staples. Buy yourself a new box of these inventions at the office or a stapler, which is much more convenient for stapling papers. Try making a paper clip yourself out of a piece of flexible wire!
Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users, how often do they use staples in their daily lives? Or do they prefer to use a stapler?
When is Paperclip Day celebrated in 2024?
Paperclip Day is observed on May 29 each year.