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Things You Didn’t Know About Office Stationery

Understandably, office stationery isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fun facts and trivia, but even the most mundane and everyday items can have an interesting fact or story behind them – even your office supplies. Pens and pencils had to come from somewhere.

  • In most offices, paper is used in some form every day. What many people don’t know is that paper was said to have been developed in China by Cai Lun, a eunuch of the Han Court during the early years of the second century AD. However, the earliest found fragments of paper as opposed to papyrus derive from the second century BC, also in China. In the modern day world, China is the global leading producer of paper, with the United States of America in second place.
  • The modern legal pad evolved in the early twentieth century after a Judge asked for a margin to be drawn onto the left hand side of his paper, thus becoming the first legal pad as we know today, commonly found as a part of almost all business’s office supplies.
  • The first known stapler was made for King Louis XV of France in the eighteenth century and every staple was etched with the insignia of the royal court. During the nineteenth century, as the use of paper increased massively, the demand for an efficient form of paper fastener grew, leading to the stapler growing in popularity. In 1866, American George McGill created a patented precursor to the modern paperclip, with fellow America Henry R. Heyl creating the first machines to insert and clinch a staple in one step ten years later.
  • The pencil was created in the sixteenth century after a huge deposit of solid graphite was discovered in Cumbria. As this form of graphite was extremely solid, it could easily be sawn in to sticks and used to mark things. The first wood encased pencils date back to around 1560.
  • Before the rubber eraser was invented, many people used crusts of bread or breadcrumbs to remove pencil markings from paper. An English engineer named Edward Nairne is credited with creating and developing the first widely sold and marketed rubber eraser, after mistakenly picking up a piece of rubber instead of breadcrumbs and discovering its effective erasing properties.

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Why Pen & Paper Will Always Be an Essential Part of Your Office Supplies

In 2014, in an increasing number of office environments, tablets and smartphones are beginning to be seen as office necessities. In a modern office environment, a lot of business can be completed via a touch screen device such as a tablet or smartphone; emails, calendar entries, social media, even industry specific applications can be accessed. Not to mention, with the internet more readily available than ever due to these mobile devices, anything that we want to know is expected to be no more than a couple of clicks (or touches) away. Yet, with all of this technology at our fingertips, pen and paper remain amongst our top office supplies.

Whilst technology moves at an astonishing speed, constantly being updated and replaced to make way for something new and better, pen and paper have been around for thousands of years, since as early as Ancient Egyptian times when people scribed hieroglyphics onto papyrus manuscripts. Unlike computer operating systems, or android devices, office stationery likes pens and paper do not become outdated.

Amongst all currently essential office stationery and supplies, pen and paper are probably some of the only items that will not go out of fashion. Although computers, tablets and even phones can provide us software for making notes, such as notepad, or Microsoft Word, most people still seem to prefer jotting important notes, dates and bits of information down on a trusty pad of paper with their favourite biro or fountain pen.

With a paper copy to-do list in front of us, things seem more official and are harder to forget. It could be argued that people do not choose to note down their to-do lists using technology because there is still an element of distrust in technology; people trust themselves more to get things done if there is solid, paper proof in front of them. Even people that do regularly use their smartphone or tablet to manage tasks and events will likely have written them down somewhere too.

It can be argued that a pen and a piece of paper are the most essential of office supplies. If all technology spontaneously failed to function, pen and paper would still be able to do their job, so at least some work could get done, even if it was making notes, a draft, or a list of things that will need to be done.

Sometimes, it just feels good to physically write things down.

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