A Bit of Trivia

Here’s a bit of Borreson trivia: What was invented in 1899, the year Emil Borreson and Gina Estenson were married?

The answer: the paper clip. Click this link for more details: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blpaperclip.htm.

A scientist by the name of Johan Vaaler is credited with this invention, a useful little tool that has become part of our everyday lives (although in 1899 it had a different look to it). In 1999 the Norwegian postal service printed this stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of this achievement.

Paper Clip stamp

As I add this bit of trivia, I do recall that our grandfather Emil appreciated technological advances in farming, so perhaps he would even have had a bit of admiration for the inventor of this humble little tool.

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