National Stationery Week celebrates the written word and all things stationery – the products which make it all possible, and give pleasure to so many people.
You can never have too much stationery!
So here are some fun and interesting facts you never knew about stationery:
- Many years ago before the invention of rubber, people used to use breadcrumbs and the crust of bread as an eraser. By accident, the inventor of rubber picked up rubber instead of breadcrumbs and began removing pencil markings; he suddenly discovered that he could easily remove his markings!
- Approximately in 1500BC Egyptians were the earliest known people to have created an object we now call scissors.
- Back in the late 19th century when the first machines were developed to bend and cut steel wire. The function of the paperclip was born and based on the principal of elasticity, as articulated by the British physicist Robert Hooke as early as 1678.
- Beginning of the early 17th century calculators were invented. The first commercial success of the machine was the arithmometer, made by Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar in 1851.
- Pencils are the oldest writing instrument and it originates back to the 16th century, when a graphite deposit was first discovered in Northern England.
- The most common stationary equipment, paper, was invented in 105AD during the Han Dynasty and spread slowly to the West via Samarkand and Baghdad. Paper manufacturing in Europe began in the 10th century in Spain and Sicily before spreading to Italy and Southern France, this was before Germany joined the manufacturing paper trade in 1400.
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