April 10, 2011

April 10th: Invention of the Safety Pin

It was on this day in 1849 that Walter Hunt patented the safety pin. Then he sold it for $400, so that he could repay a $15 loan. Read more.

Pictured: an Etruscan fibula, forerunner of the safety pin. Note the spring on the lower left side, and the clasp on the right. From Wikimedia Commons, by Katie Chao and Ben Muessig.

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