National Paperclip Day 2020 Celebrated on May 29th | Paperclip Day Images, Status, Quotes, Pictures

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National Paperclip Day 2020 Celebrated on May 29th | Paperclip Day Images, Status, Quotes, Pictures:

National Paperclip Day 2020

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

According to the Early Office Museum, the first patent for a “bent wire paper clip” was awarded to Samuel B. Fay in the United States in 1867. U.S. patent 64,088 was intended to attach tickets to fabric although it was recognized that the clip could also be used to attach papers together.

There were as many as 50 other people who 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.

According to a March 5, 1941, Provo, Utah newspaper article (The Daily Herald), the Norwegians switched to new symbols as quickly as the bans could be issued.

In 1998, a group of middle school students led by language arts teacher Sandra Roberts and associate principal David Smith began a project through a Holocaust education class. The voluntary after-school class, Whitwell Middle School principal Linda Hooper’s idea, would be the foundation for developing tolerance and diversity.

Inspired by the story of the protesting Norwegians and their paper clips, the students began to collect six million paper clips – one paper clip representing one Jew who perished during the Holocaust. Adults today still wrestle with how the Holocaust could even happen. Imagine middle-school students trying to understand the magnitude of such an event on humanity.

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. 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.”

The Paper Clip Project gained international attention and by 2001 the students collected more than 30 million paper clips. The school dedicated a Children’s Holocaust Memorial which displays an authentic German railcar filled with a portion of the paper clips.

Today, most paperclips, which can come in all sizes, shapes and colors, are variations of the Gem type, which was most likely introduced in the 1890s. A Gem paperclip is characterized by the almost two full loops made by the wire. It was introduced in the United States around 1892 and in 1904, Cushman & Denison registered a trademark for the “Gem” name in connection with paper clips. You can still sometimes hear paperclips referred to as “Gem clips.”

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