National Stationery Week- Part 2

National Stationery Week celebrates the written word and all things stationery – the products which make it all possible, and give pleasure to so many people.

You can never have too much stationery!

  • When you’re writing a letter or a document, why is the margin on the left instead of the right? Well, in 1900’s when the modern pad was invented a judge requested a margin be drawn on the left side of his paper. This has now become the first legal pad!


  • Who is Louis Leitz? In 1896 Louis Leitz (German) invented the very instrument that holds paper together in a folder… A ring binder! His first invention has now been developed by the creation of modern technology but the same original design retains its importance in the workplace.


  • Around 1440, Printing Press was invented in the Holy Roman Empire by the German Johannes Gutenberg, based on existing screw presses. Gutenberg (a goldsmith by profession) developed a printing system by adapting the existing technology he had.

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  • In 1845 Edwin Hill and Warren de la Rue were granted a British patent for the first envelope-making machine. Almost 50 years passed before a successful machine was built and commercialise for the purpose of producing pre-gummed envelopes. The same envelopes we use today!


  • Who created the stapler? King Louis XV used his authority to employ someone who we cannot recognise to handcraft the very first staple inscribed with the insignia of the royal court, as required.


  • Entrepreneur R. Stanton Avery manufactured the world’s first self-adhesive labels in the early 1930’s and made it into the successful business we know today, what a genius!





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