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Today's holiday, International Safety Pin Day

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

You may have used a safety pin lately, perhaps to pin your jeans tighter or clip a baby's diaper. This is one great invention used by many people daily. It's not just for sewing or diapers.

According to what I've been reading, Walter Hunt was an inventor of many things. He created the safety pin, a simple object made of wire, that pins things without having the sharp point visible so you're less likely to hurt yourself.

It has been said that because he was in debt to a friend for $15, he figured he'd invent something new, so he took a sharpened piece of brass wire, coiled it in the middle and added a clasp at the end. He patented it on April 10, 1849, then sold it to W. R. Grace and Co. for $400, then paid off his friend the $15 he owed. The company that purchased it then made millions off the simple invention.

Link to story here:

Take part in the facebook event: [Hmm, link wasn't working, so just search international safety pin day if you're on facebook.] Today, celebrate the usefulness of this simple piece of wire by coming up with the most creative uses possible for it. Make some jewelry, adjust your outfit, or create a work of art.

You can be sharp and safe at the same time!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRUCKERSMRS 4/11/2013 6:17AM

    Love the story behind this one. Just goes to show what can be achieved. Shame he didn't hold on to it to reap the full benefits.

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CHICVINTAGE 4/10/2013 1:27PM

    Safety Pin Day... Ha! There is a "holiday" for everything isn't there? I happen to be using a safety pin today. I use homemade *monthly cloth* and that's what I use to pin the wings back. I have never been poked so I'm very grateful for those little things!

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KAREN608 4/10/2013 11:36AM

    I always liked safety pins all my life!
I am sad that the dollar type stores sell them but the quality is so low, with them being made of soft steel that bends too easily.
I obviously need to shop at better stores!

I am so glad the inventor made these, but I wish he would not have sold his idea so cheaply! There is a lesson in that.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 4/10/2013 11:04AM


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TRUCKERWIFE2 4/10/2013 10:49AM

    We have a 4-H class that kids make wrist bands made of safety pins and beads. Thanks for the story.

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WALLINMW 4/10/2013 10:29AM

  Stay motivated!

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