Thursday, May 21, 2009

Field Notes Icons: Staplers...?



I know what you may be thinking. A stapler? An icon? But let's face it, we use these things everyday. They are ubiquitous. It's time we paid some respect!

Image Courtesy of Office Museum

King Louis XV, in the 18th century France, had what is believed to be the world's first stapler handmade. In true King Louis style, he had each staple - repeat, staple - inscribed with the insignia of the Royal Court. So, from not so humble beginnings the stapler has grown!

Image Courtesy of Office Museum

Or shrunk. As you can see, the original models made sewing machines look portable and it wasn't until the late 19th century that an American refined the stapler to more accessible specifications. Even so, is still weighed over two and a half pounds (1 kg!) and was able to load only a single wire staple at a time.

Image Courtesy of Office Museum

And while today, most staplers are well, about a kilogram lighter and slightly more efficient, they still fail on us, staples get jammed and they've regrettably lost some of their once regal lustre.
Image Courtesy of Boss Bahamas

Most staplers. We saw this new range called Punch & Staple at NoteMaker and we love it. They're chrome plated, have a never-fail warranty and make rows of staples fall into line!

Image courtesy of NoteMaker

So, if you care about ridding yourself of the everyday stress of staple failure, or just think it's about time you got to live like King Louis XV (did we mention they look fantastic!?) then check em out!

5 comments:

  1. Hi! I messaged you on Twitter as well - my name is Amanda Cupido and I'm working as a segment producer for an upcoming tv series on gadgets. I was wanting to feature some of these stapler images on the show! Contact me so I can give you some details! acupido1234@gmail.com

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  2. Slocum did not invent the stapler neither was one made for King Louis. This is your basic Internet History which was written by an 8th grader.

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  3. Slocum did not invent the stapler neither was one made for King Louis. This is your basic Internet History which was written by an 8th grader.

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