29 May – Paperclip Day


Paperclip Day - Elizabeth Place

Paperclip Day is observed each year on May 29.  Yes, even the paperclip has its own day of honour. It is about that well-known piece of curved wire that keeps our papers together and helps keep us organised.

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 recognised 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. 

Paperclips come in various sizes, shapes and colours and can make your paperwork look more fun and lively.

And they’re not just for holding papers together. There are many other things that you can do with them – especially in an emergency!

Has a paperclip every come to your rescue? How?