Can you imagine a world without safety pins!?! Well, for thousands and thousands of years, man knew nothing about the safety pin. The Greeks did invent a brooch but it did not have a safety clasp on it for the pin to be secured in so it doesn’t count. Two men did receive patents for their “safety pin” though, both in 1849. Walter Hunt, and American, invented his safety pin and was awarded a patent on April 10th, 1849. Charley Rowley, an Englishman, got his patent in October of 1849. Neither had any knowledge of the others work.
Hunt needed to pay a $15.00 bet off and so invented his safety pin. He happily sold his invention to the W. R. Grace Company for $400.00. He paid his debt and pocketed $385.00, very happy with the results. So was the W.R. Grace Company who went on to earn millions.
Something so simple and yet so useful. Imagine how many people would have gotten “stuck” without the safety clasp. All that loss of blood. All kidding aside, the safety pin today is one of those items you just can’t live without no matter what job you have.
Here are a few uses for safety pins beyond the obvious. Fix a zipper, close a rip, Close a tent, Emergency Fish hook, Clothespin, Repair a hole, Keep insects out of your pants, Splinter remover, Magnetized can serve as a compass point, Keep socks in pairs, Replace buttons, paper hole puncher, Escaping kidnappers.