an elegant loop within a loop of springy steel wire.
July 27, 2012 9:57 PM Subscribe
The Perfection of the Paper Clip
posted by the man of twists and turns (40 comments total)
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- It was invented in 1899. It hasn’t been improved upon since.
About.com claims Johann Valer
as the inventor in 1899, while Ideafinder credits
William Middlebrook, also in 1899. The Daily Mail informs us that
'the paper clip is the invention we can't live without.' The Early Office Museum has a history
of the paper clip, with examples and images of the variations through the years. The paperclip you are familiar with is known as the 'Gem.'
The History Channel covers 'The Humble Paper Clip'
(Youtube). Of course, one red paperclip (previously
) can get you quite far indeed...
Previously on MetaFilter: Pull It Together
Vaguely related: Operation Paperclip
'was the codename under which the US intelligence and military services extricated scientists from Germany, during and after the final stages of World War II.'