Fastening papers together is believed to have started back in the 13th century when short pieces of ribbon were placed through parallel cuts in the upper left hand corner of pages.
The Gem paper clip, which was most likely in production in Britain in the early 1870′s 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.
So, today is the day to appreciate those little pieces of wire, so celebrate by using paper clips as much as possible, and not just for keeping your papers together. There are many other uses for paper clips such as the following:
§ Hair Barrette
§ Zipper Pull Replacement
§ Book Marker
§ Cherry Pit Remover
§ Unclogging Glue Bottles
§ Christmas Tree Ornament Hooks
For more fun ideas check out these 30 CREATIVE & UNIQUE USES FOR PAPERCLIPS from One Good Thing By Jillee