National Paperclip Day

National Paperclip Day

Did you not just squint at the thought that the little bent piece of metal known by the paperclip should get its own holiday? Did you ever work in an office? We can understand why you might not be able to grasp it, but that’s okay, because we are about to tell you everything. If you do, then you already know where we are coming from. And don’t worry; we also have some useful information for you. Let’s move on to National Paperclip Day.

In 1867, the Samuel B. Fay patent was granted for the first bent wire paperclip. Although the original purpose of the paper clip was to attach tickets to fabric, the patent acknowledged that it could also be used to attach papers together. The paper clip that was originally designed for attaching tickets to fabric did not look like the one we have today. Johan Vaaler, a Norwegian inventor, likely created the paper clip we now know.

The paper clip became a symbol of resistance against Nazi Germany occupation in Norway during World War II. Many people wore paper clips in their coat lapels as a way to show solidarity during difficult times. This show of solidarity was seen by the Nazis as a threat and many people wore paper clips in their coat lapels. To remind people of the significance this small object played in Norway’s history, a huge paper clip measuring over a meter in width and five meters in height was constructed in Sandvika.

It’s not hard to believe that paperclips have such a fascinating history. National Paperclip Day was established in 2015 and is celebrated each year on May 29th.

Paper clips are a common way to keep papers together. Did you know that paper clips can also be used to hold papers together? You might take some time this National Paperclip Day to discover all the other uses you can make with them and what you have never considered. Paper clips are a great way to use them.

We could go on and on but you get the point. Feel free to add your own ideas! Let’s celebrate National Paperclip Day, because paper clips are one the most versatile bits of metal ever created.

National Paperclip Day can also be observed by watching Paper Clips, an American documentary film released in 2004. Elliot and Fab Berliner directed the film, and Joe Fab produced and wrote it. This film is a great choice for this day because it’s about the Paper Clips Project. A middle school class attempts to collect six millions paper clips to commemorate the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis.

It is truly an incredible story. It is about Whitewell Middle School in Whitwell, Tennessee. Linda M. Hooper (the principal) asked David Smith (the Assistant Principal) to help her find an after-school project that would teach tolerance. David Smith and Sandra Roberts started a Holocaust education program. Classes began in the fall 1998. The students were shocked at the scale of the Holocaust when they began to learn. The principal asked them if they could collect anything that could represent the loss of life caused by this tragedy.

Mrs. Hooper stated that if they could locate anything linked to WW2 and the Holocaust, it would be possible. The students began to research and discovered that Johan Vaaler, a Norwegian, had designed a loop made of metal. As a silent protest against Nazi occupation, paperclips were found on Norwegians’ lapels during WW2. The students decided to collect six million paperclips as a tribute to the six million Jews who died during Adolf Hilter’s Naxi government.

It didn’t get much attention at the start. It began to take off after Peter and Dagmar Schr√∂der, two journalists born in Germany during World War II discovered the project. This film tells the story of this touching and heartwarming story and has received many awards. It was presented at the Rome International Film Festival 2004 with the Best Overall Film, Best Director, and Best Original Score awards. It was also given an NBR Award by the National Board of Review for Best Five Documentaries that year. We recommend that you watch this film on National Paperclip Day if it has not been seen before.

You can also celebrate National Paperclip Day by simply doing some research online to find interesting facts and stories. Although you may believe paperclips are boring, it’s not true. One Canadian man, Kyle Macdonald, managed to trade a paperclip for a property. He made a series of online trades, each time trading his item for something better. He started by trading his red paperclip for a pen that looked like a fish. This continued until he finally got a house.


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