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Stationery Facts: Who Knew…?!?

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Our stationery facts series is coming to a close, so this week we’re rounding up a few everyday desk items, from paper clips and staples to scissors and envelopes.

1. In 1968, Doug Engelbart publicly demonstrated his first computer mouse. This consisted of two wheels in a wooden case.

2. The modern paper clip is thought to have originated from the company Gem Manufacturing Ltd in England. However it is not known who exactly invented the paperclip and where it was created.

3. In 1845, Edwin Hill and Warren de la Rue were granted a British patent for the first envelope making machine. It was only 50 years later that a commercially successful machine was created which would produce pre-gummed envelopes.

4. In 1886, Friedrich Soennecken of Germany, invented the ring binder. He also registered a patent on November 14, 1886 for his hole punch.

5. It is thought that bulldog clips (binder clips) were originally invented by American Louis Baltzley in 1910.

6. It is widely thought that the Egyptians invented the scissors in approximately 1500BC. The earliest known examples of scissors appeared in Mesopotamia 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.

7. Six million rolls of sellotape are sold in the run-up to Christmas day. That’s the equivalent of 369,000km or 55 times the length of the River Nile.

8. The interconnected metal staples that are most commonly found in staplers are know as the herringbone series.

9. During the development of Bostik industrial adhesive in England , Blu-Tack was created. However, its blue colouring took effect after, due to fears that children may mistake it for sweets.

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