What Is The Greatest / Most Influential Office Product Ever Invented?

Original Paper StaplerI’m a big fan of listening to podcasts, especially those covering history, technology and other topics of interest. I was listening to TechStuff from HowStuffWorks.com today and they were discussing some of the most important inventions ever created over the last 200 years. One of those inventions just happened to be a piece of office equipment.

Any guesses what it was? Drum roll please. It was the stapler. Surprised? I’m not. Staplers are one of the most common pieces of office equipment found today. They are literally in just about every home, desk, school and business. The very concept of binding pieces of paper together using a small piece of metal was pretty revolutionary.

Staplers are now available in dozens of formats. You have your desktop stapler, saddle staplers, heavy-duty staplers, box staplers and much more. Staples are even used in modern-day surgery.

Modern-Day Heavy-Duty StaplersWhile book binding, and binderies, have been around for centuries, staplers truly became the predecessor to the modern-day do-it-yourself binding machine.

Here is a brief history of the stapler:

Samuel Slocum of Poughkeepsie, NY is credited with having invented the stapler in 1841 according to the guys at TechsStuff. Samuel’s machine technically inserted pins into paper.

The first machine that actually inserted a staple into paper and clinched it shut was a machine made by Henry R. Heyl in 1877.  Just two years later, in 1879, George W. McGill won the patent for the first commercially successful stapler.

Anyway, I found this all to be very interesting and hope you do as well.  Staplers sure have come a long way over the last 100+ years. At ABC Office we carry a huge selection of modern-day paper staplers found here.

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Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.


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