11 Office Supply Facts You Never Knew!
1. The pushpin was invented in New Jersey in 1900 by Edwin Moore. Moore was searching for an easy way to hang up prints as they dried.
2. The largest paper clip is 30ft 5in tall and 8ft 11in in width
3. Johan Vaaler, a Norwegian, designed a loop of metal, and the Norwegians wore paperclips on their lapels during World War II as a silent protest against Nazi occupation.
4. When first introduced, the stapler was such an unknown object that companies would only purchase one. Often 500+ people had to share just one stapler.
5. In the Victorian Era, the placement of a stamp were used as coded messages between young lovers whose parents censored their mail. For instance, an upside down stamp meant “I love you” a diagonal stamp means “I miss you”.
6. Paper envelopes were first used in China to store gifts of money after the invention of paper around the 2nd Century BC.
7. The first rubber band was developed in 1843, when an Englishman named Thomas Hancock sliced up a rubber bottle
9. During the 1500s, in England, there was an attempt at restricting the wearing of ribbons only to those who were noble or of importance.
10. The first paper merchant in America was Benjamin Franklin, who helped to start 18 paper mills in Virginia and surrounding areas.
11. During the American Revolution, paper was so hard to find that soldiers ripped pages from books to use them as wadding for their rifles.