I’ve got a stapler and I’m not afraid to use it!
Stapler is a device that fastens multiple sheets of paper together with a piece of metal. There are two types of paper staplers: manual and electric. Electric staplers‘ primary operating function is to join large amounts of paper sheets together in rapid succession. King Louis XV of France was the first to use a machine for this purpose. Rumour has it that the first staples were made of solid gold and encrusted with precious stones. The staples were also imprinted with the royal seal.
The growing uses of paper created demand for a simpler version of the devise. It has gone through significant transformation to get to the small, compact machine we know today. In 1866, George McGill received U.S. patent for a small, bendable brass paper fastener that was a precursor to the modern staple. However, it is not until 1877 that the first machines to both insert and clinch a staple in one step were invented. For that reason it is Henry R. Heyl that is considered the inventor of the modern stapler.
On February 18, 1879, George McGill received patent for the McGill Single-Stroke Staple Press, the first commercially successful stapler. This device weighed over two and a half pounds and loaded a single 1/2 inch wide wire staple. In 1941 the type of paper stapler that is the most common in use today was developed: the four way paper stapler.
Did you know…?
In 2007 a man from Kentucky was accused of using a stapler to rob shop!
Winston Churchill did not like staples! He would not use them or let his staff use them because he didn’t like the noise that staplers made.
Jell-o Stapler is a very popular prank in office environments. However, thanks to ‘The Office’ – TV series, it became more famous than ever!
The world record in the most staples stapled into a piece of paper in 10 seconds is 57.