The stapler is an office staple (sorry), a veritable flourish from the gods of stationery. A design masterpiece, the stapler is an inspired intervention in the microcosm that is the office. We're not quite sure what the modern world would be like without staplers. Loose papers that belong together annoying you? Use a stapler. Bored? Staple some stuff together just because...
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A stapler is a device that binds pieces of paper together by driving a thin piece of wire – shaped in the form of three sides of a rectangle – through the sheets and bending the ends over to fasten them. Specialised staplers are also used in surgery to close skin or organ surface instead of sutures.
A stapler was hand-made for King Louis XV of France in the eighteenth century. Each staple was of course inscribed with the royal insignia. The nineteenth century saw a surge in the use of paper and a corresponding demand for paper fastening methods. In the 1860s and 1870s a number of US patents were given for various precursors to modern staples and staplers.
Interestingly (kind of), the earliest Oxford English Dictionary citation for the word “stapler” as a device for fastening together papers is as late as 1951.