TOP 10 facts you must know about office products!
You must be thinking that how the term “office” can become a topic of interesting facts. How often do you see the simple things in life that we take for granted, can have the most interesting stories behind them! How often do you see that these things can include our everyday office products? Don’t believe us, see yourself.
Did you know… that the first legal pad was invented by a judge’s request to draw a margin on the left side of his paper. The modern legal pad that we use today, evolved in the 20th century.
Did you know… that the scissors are the invention of the Egyptians in the era before Christ (approximately 1500BC). The earliest known examples of scissors appeared in Mesopotamia 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.
Did you know… that the invention of rubber eraser is just a mere accident. People used breadcrumbs or crusts of bread in place of rubber eraser. The inventor accidentally picked up a piece of rubber instead of the bread only to discover that it could easily erase the markings made by pencil!
Did you know… that the first commercially successful calculator was the Arithmometer, made by Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar in 1851. Irony is before that all we had was the brain!
Did you know… that the pencil is the oldest writing instrument. Its origins date back to the 16th century, when a graphite deposit was discovered in northern England.
Did you know… that paper was invented in China by 105AD during the Han Dynasty and spread slowly to the West via Samarkand and Baghdad. Then, after almost 9 years, its manufacturing began in Spain and Sicily in Europe and spread to Italy and southern France and then reached to Germany in the beginning of 15th century.
Did you know… that the ring binder mechanism dates back to 1869 when it was invented by Louis Leitz. Throughout the years it has seen a little change to its original design but retained its importance in the workplace.
Did you know… that the first known stapler was handmade in the 18th century in France for King Louis XV. Each staple was inscribed with the insignia of the royal court, as required.
Did you know… that there is a difference of nearly 50 years between invention and commercial manufacturing of the first envelop making machine. In 1845, Edwin Hill and Warren de la Rue were granted a British patent for the first machine. Then, in the late 19th century, the pre-gummed envelopes as we know today, were produced by a commercially successful machine.
Did you know… that in the early 1930’s, entrepreneur R. Stanton Avery manufactured the world’s first self-adhesive labels and made it into the successful business we know today.
If you have any more interesting facts about the office supplies and products that you buy from us, let us know in the comments.