Safety Pin Day is a worldwide holiday dedicated to the safety pin. This little invention will be useful for a variety of purposes. We celebrate this day by remembering where the history of the safety pin began and the man who invented the safety version. The holiday is celebrated annually on April 10.
For a long time the role of a pin was played by ordinary thin needles that were used to bind fabric, clothing elements, and so on. However, it was easy to be pricked by it. The safety pin appeared in 1849, when the American inventor Walter Hunt owed $15 to a friend and decided to make a small invention in order to sell it later. The result was the safety pin. This event was the reason for the creation of Safety Pin Day, which began to be celebrated in 2015, and 2 years later it acquired international status.
Hunt’s development was not particularly successful, but he sold the patent for the invention for $400, paying off his friend’s debt and leaving him with a profit. Gradually the safety pin became truly popular. It was used in medicine, offices, sewing factories, and ateliers. The uses of the safety pin are enormous. Some people even use it separately as decoration on items of clothing.
- In nearly 175 years of existence, the design of the safety pin has undergone virtually no change.
- According to historical accounts, Hunt made the first safety pin from about 8 inches of wire made from brass.
How to celebrate
Refresh your supply of safety pins if you have few or no pins left. This item will be useful for many occasions. Stick a pin on your clothes or bag that day.
Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Ask users what they use safety pins for?
When is Safety Pin Day celebrated in 2024?
Safety Pin Day is observed on April 10 each year.