is one of those inventions that I never really considered who invented it. (or cared, really)
I considered this for the first time while watching the documentary Paper Clips (naturally) which is not about the invention of the paper clip, but is about students in a rural town in Tennessee learning about the Holocaust. It is worth watching and you can learn more about here.
In that documentary, they mentioned the paper clip was invented in Norway.
However, if you google that information, you will find varying reports on the who, where & when it was actually invented.
Some accounts claim that the first patent was given to John Vaaler, a Norwegian inventor, in Germany in 1899. (As there were no patent laws in Norway at this time) In 1901, John Vaaler received an American Patent.
However, the Early Office Museum begs to differ…
Sigh, will we ever know the truth?