Still, the paper clip did fulfill an old and nagging need. Menu About North Glossary.
I happened to put it together with a paper clip I'd carried back from Jugoslavia. Email required Address never made public. This happened in the 1950s, after World War II. The paperclip was invented by Johan Vaaler. I'm John Lienhard, at the University of Houston, where we're interested in the way inventive minds work. Receive the OpenMind newsletter with all the latest contents published on our website Find out more here.
Curiously enough, it is not known who invented it. Anti-Jewish legislation was passed, culminating in the deportment of 700 Norwegian Jews to Auschwitz. North is back from its unplanned hiatus I was recording music: I authorize cookies. Meanwhile, the people of Norway lived under German rule.
According to the relevant article on Wikipedia , 'it was most likely in production in Britain as early as 1890 by "The Gem Manufacturing Company"'. Lars Roede This might have been the story, and in fact it has been popularized in this way, but this is not exactly how it happened. While Vaaler did indeed file a patent for a certain paperclip design in 1899 in Germany and then in 1901 in the United States ; it was never manufactured.
Aiden Schoening December 13, 2016 1: Scissors Great Little Inventions: The catch is, it wasn't a paper-clip patent. Subscribe Me To: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... So the paper clip remains as a tantalizing exercise in elegance and sophistication.
Johan Vaaler, a Norwegian inventor with a degree in electronics, science, and mathematics, invented the paperclip in 1899. Symbols related to the royal family and state had already been banned, and they wanted a clever way of displaying their rejection of the Nazi ideology. It made a good story though, particularly after the war and how the paperclip was used in Norway among other places, and so this false origin subsequently found its way into many encyclopedias.
Redirected here in the wake of recent events. Share Flipboard Email. This is because there was already a more functional design already being mass produced in Europe. Like this: