Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Staplers & other Paper Fastners

From Office Museum website:

"Until circa 1860, the types of documents that today are stapled together were fastened in a number of ways that did not require the use of mechanical devices. Some documents were held together by stitches made with needles and thread. Others were secured by strings, tapes or ribbons that were inserted through holes made with a sharp instrument or though parallel incisions made with penknives... Expansion in the volume of papers generated and stored in offices during the second half of the nineteenth century created a demand for efficient ways to fasten papers together

"The conventional magazine stapler gained an important edge over competing technologies with the development of cohered or frozen wire staples--as wire staples that were glued together were called... A second development favoring conventional magazine staplers was the invention of top (or open channel) loading magazines in 1938... Yet another reason for the eventual dominance of magazine staplers may have been the greater success in adding electric power to magazine staplers than to machines using competing technologies."

Thanks to TIA Daily reader Ron Richards for recommending the idea of covering "little things that make a big difference" in the Human Achievements column.

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