10 Facts For World Stationery Day!

World Stationery Day

National Stationery Week is in full swing in the United Kingdom and Wednesday 26th April is the official day to celebrate stationery as it is World Stationery Day! As an office products blog, we are obviously big fans of stationery so we thought we’d find some fun and ten interesting facts.

1)    Paper Was Created Thousands of Years Ago

The Chinese eunuch Cai Lun created the first pulp papermaking process in Ancient China during the 2nd Century.

Staplers are popular in the office

Staplers are popular in the office

2)  The First Stapler Was Made For King Louis XV

It may be surprising to know that the very first stapler (that is known) was originally made in the 18th century for King Louis XV in France.

3)    The Reason For The Hole In Your Pen Lid

Pen lids are a common choking hazard for both children and adults, which has led many pen manufacturers to design their lids with holes in. This means that if someone accidentally swallows the lid, their chances of choking are decreased as they will still be able to breathe.

4)  A BIC Pen Will Write For 2km

According to the BIC website, a BIC ballpoint pen has enough ink to be able to produce more than 2 kilometres of writing!

5)    Stale Bread Can Be Used As An Eraser

Before the invention of rubber erasers, stale bread was often used as an eraser. The first commonly marketed rubber eraser is credited to Edward Nairne in 1770. The same year, Joseph Priestley also discovered that black lead pencil marks could be removed with vegetable gum that he named ‘rubber’.

6)    Pencils Do Not Contain Lead

There is a common misconception that pencils contain lead as we call the core of a pencil the ‘lead’. They actually contain a mixture of clay and graphite. As such, there is no risk of lead poisoning!


7)    Norwegian Rebels Used Paperclips In World War 2

The humble paperclip was used as a symbol of Norwegian resistance during World War Two. Patriots of Norway would wear a paperclip on their lapels to symbolise their resistance to the Nazi occupiers.

8)    Pritt Sticks Were Created Because of Lipsticks

The Pritt glue sticks are ubiquitous with glue today, but the story goes that they were originally invented after an employee at Henkel saw a woman applying lipstick. He observed the ‘twist-up ease’ of lipstick applicators and proceeded to develop the Pritt glue stick in 1967.

9)    Post-it Notes Were Created By Accident

Where would we be without Post-it Notes in the office? They were originally created by accident when Dr Spencer Silver, a scientist at 3M, discovered an adhesive that would stick to surfaces but wouldn’t bond to them, making them removable.

Years after discovering this, Art Fry, another 3M scientist, was trying to find a way to mark hymns with a bookmark that would stick but would not damage the pages. He worked with Dr Silver to develop the product, and we’ve had them ever since! Take a look at the range available on OPInfo.net to take advantage of their invention!

10)   Paper Cannot Be Recycled Forever

Recycling is the obvious preferred method for used paper, but did you know that paper cannot be recycled infinitely? In fact, according to the New York Times, there are industry sources who only estimate that paper made from cellulose fibres from wood can actually only be recycled four to six times?

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