Going Back to Basics with National Stationery Week!
While we know many people run their lives via their devices, at Face for Business we aren’t afraid to say we are massive fans of good old-fashioned stationery. Yes, we have modern technology in the office to ensure our clients get their messages as quickly and efficiently as possible, but we love nothing more than a blank notebook and new pen sitting on our desks. April 23 to 29 is National Stationery Week where all things stationery and writing are celebrated. During the popular seven-day event, people will come together to write, create and draw, something many of us forfeit for a screen and keyboard. To get in the spirit of things, we have had a look at some iconic stationery items from times gone by, that helped people work and run businesses before tech took over.
It seems the first form of paper came from the Egyptians who made parchment from the very thin skins of goats and sheep, before using the papyrus plant which was less likely to go mouldy or rot. The Egyptians were also the first pen users and did this in around 4000BC by hollowing bamboo stems, sharpening one end to create a nib. It was a Chinese man, Ts’ai Lun, however who was actually the inventor of paper, making it from cloth in around AD105.
In 1770, Joseph Priestley, discovered that pencil marks could be removed with vegetable gum, and that is how we ended up with the ‘rubber’. Before that time however, stale bread was the eraser of choice.
3. Ball Point Pen
Laszlo Biro from Hungary, invented the ballpoint pen in 1938 but it’s success came during World War II when the RAF used them because they didn’t leak at high altitudes. You might have noticed that pen lids have holes in them and this is because they are a choking hazard. So, the next time you chew on a lid in a meeting, maybe swap it for gum just to be on the safe side?
The first stapler was made in the 18th century for King Louis XV in France and while nothing has replaced it, you might be interested to know that the humble paperclip was worn by Patriots of Norway on their lapels to symbolise their resistance to Nazi occupiers.
5. Carbon Paper
At Face for Business, we pass messages onto clients via email or phone, but receptionists in the past have taken them using carbon paper, something that started in 1806, when a Ralph Wedgwood, issued a patent for his ‘Stylographic Writer’.
6. Pritt Stick
The Pritt Stick came into existence in the 1960s and was based on lipsticks. The inventor realised this everyday beauty item was easy to wind up and apply, so why not do the same for sticky glue that gets everywhere?
7. Post-it Notes
If you have Post-it Notes in your office, this is thanks to a scientist at 3M who discovered an adhesive that would stick to surfaces but didn’t totally bond to them so they were super easy to remove.
Get involved with National Stationery Week!
Let us know what you are doing to celebrate National Stationery Week and why not use @natstatweek or #NationalStationeryWeek in anything you’re doing on social media.
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