National Paperclip Day is observed each year on May 29. Yes, even the paperclip has its own day of honor. Paperclips are playing a great role in holding the sheets of paper together. Those curved steel pins can be found everywhere from school to an office and in every other place where papers are used. It is a must to celebrate this tiny yet useful stationery item with a day of its own as without which you wouldn’t have kept all your important papers well organized. National Paperclip Day celebrates the paperclips and its usefulness.
About Paper Clip
A paper clip is a device used to hold sheets of paper together, usually made of steel wire bent to a looped shape (though some are covered in plastic). Most paper clips are variations of the Gem type introduced in the 1890s or earlier, characterized by the almost two full loops made by the wire. Common to paper clips proper is their utilization of torsion and elasticity in the wire, and friction between wire and paper. When a moderate number of sheets are inserted between the two “tongues” of the clip, the tongues will be forced apart and cause torsion in the bend of the wire to grip the sheets together.
Paper Clip History
While there are much earlier claims to the 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, U.S. patent 64,088 recognized that it could also be used to attach papers together. There were as many as 50 others that received patents for similar designs prior to 1899. One other notable name receiving a patent for his paperclip design in the United States was Erlman J. Wright in 1877. At that time, his clip was advertised for use in fastening newspapers
The Gem paperclip, which was most likely in production in Britain in the early 1870s by The Gem Manufacturing Company, was never patented. It is the most common type of wire paper clip and is still in use today.
It was introduced to the United States around 1892 and in 1904, Cushman & Denison registered a trademark for the “Gem” name in connection with paper clips. Paperclips are still sometimes called “Gem clips.”
Today, paperclips come in various sizes, shapes and colors and can make your paperwork look more fun and lively.