Do you have a paperclip???

paperclip imageNational Paperclip Day is celebrated each year on May 29. Yes, even the paperclip has its own day of honor. Today is about that well-known piece of curved wire that keeps our papers together and helps keep us organized.

I know that daily, at AWS I used many. Some days I will use 20 or more, and often times some items will get 2 paper clips ~ one big and one small. I like the ones that come in colors, nice to be able to color code some things when needed or wanted!

However there are much earlier claims to invention of the paperclip, according to the Early Office Museum, the first patent for a “bent wire paper clip” was presented to Samuel B. Fay in the United States in 1867.   The original intention of Fay’s clip was to attach tickets to fabric, however the patent recognized that it could also be used to attach papers together.

Along with Fay’s patent, there were as many as 50 others that received patents for similar designs prior to 1899.   So many had the idea and thought, and millions of paper clips later we are more organized, or so we like to think!

Today, paperclips come in various sizes, shapes and colors and can make your paperwork look more fun and lively.

Paperclips are not just for holding papers together, there are many other things that you can do with them!

A rainbow of colors, shapes and sizes a paperclip is not only used in the office but it can be found in most desks, junk drawers from home to school.

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