Staples have a long and varied past; metal staples have been found possibly dating as far back as the 6th century BC in Iran, and are thought to have been used to secure stones together in construction. The first known stapler was invented in the 18th century for King Louis XV of France. Following that, several mechanisms for stapling were invented, ones that would insert the staple but not secure it, and others that would secure the staple after it had been inserted. A handheld stapler that would both insert and clinch a staple was patented by Henry Heyl in 1877.
- Stapling things to a bulletin board, item by item or to cover the whole thing (like I covered mine with fabric)
- Staple up a falling hem
- For crafts: staple chains, sticking in the sides of wax candles (designs)
Do you have any interesting uses for staples or staplers? Do you prefer traditional, staple-less or electric staplers?