Invention of the Paper Clip

No not the darn paperclip in Microsoft’s Windows that asks if it can help, Im talking about the good old paper clip. The inexpensive wired clip was invented and patented in Germany by Johann Waller (Pronounced Vaaler) in 1900.

      Johann Waller (or Vaaler)
      Norwegian Inventor


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Additional Information:

  • No. 769: The Paper Clip
    The Norwegian Johan Vaaler is usually called the inventor of the paper clip. Norway had no patent office, so he filed an American patent for a set of square and triangular clips. That was in 1901. And maybe it was the first paper clip patent.
  • Paper clip – Wikipedia
    A paper clip (or sometimes paperclip) is an instrument used to hold sheets of paper together, usually made of steel wire bent to a looped shape.
  • Early Office Museum: History of the Paper Clip
    What counts as a paper clip? For purposes of the discussion and timeline presented here, a paper clip is a flat or nearly flat piece of metal that slides over an edge of a set of papers and holds the papers together without being bent or pinched by the user and without piercing the papers.
  • The Perfection of the Paper Clip
    The paper clip is something of a fetish object in design circles. Its spare, machined aesthetic and its inexpensive ubiquity landed it a spot in MoMA’s 2004 show Humble Masterpieces.
  • Great Little Inventions: the Paper Clip
    During World War II, the Nazi occupation regime in Norway banned insignias with the national flag or with the emblem “H7” of King Haakon VII, the elected monarch in exile. In response, the Norwegian resistance adopted another symbol on their lapels: an innocent metal clip used to hold together sheets of paper.

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