Do you ever keep yourself from writing because you worry that your idea isn’t original? That it’s been done before, and you cannot possibly add something new to it?
Ignore that feeling.
There are roughly 3 billion people on this planet right now. The chances of at least one other person not having the same idea as you is highly improbable. In fact, there are tons of examples where several people in different parts of the world had the same idea as one another.
One such example is the ring binder.
It may seem silly, but think of how important the ring binder is. College students, people in business, super organized people who keep track of everything, people who collect cards…the list goes on.
All of these people use the ringed binder – a concept that several people had at pretty much the same time.
You can also use a ring binder to showcase your love of Hello Kitty
It Started Out in Germany:
The ring binder started out as a German invention, courtesy of inventor and entrepreneur Friedrich Soennecken, back in 1886. This Bonn native also patented another invention, the hole punch.
He became known as the main office supplier in his town. This guy knew his stuff, and he was the one everyone went to see when they needed something. He eventually made the ring binder part of his logo. Not only did this show off just how much he loved office supplies, but it also marketed his brand. When people saw the binder, they thought of him. And vice versa.
He wasn’t the only one who was working on the concept for the ring binder, though.
Another German entrepreneur, Louis Leitz, was working on it too. He started an office supply company of his own, and introduced the lever arch file. This is the binder that has the hole in the side.
During the time of Soennecken and Leitz, binders had two holes set at 80 mm apart, based on the International Standard ISO 838.
- FUN FACT: This is the most common standard for the dimension and location of filing holes within punched paper. They’re placed symmetrically in relation to the axis of the sheet or document.
Then the U.S. Caught On:
Few advancements within the office supplies industries affected the world as much as the two-ring and three-ring binder, created by Henry T. Sisson of Rhode Island.
This was just horribly impractical. Ring binders pretty saved the ENTIRE world.
Prompted by the invention of loose-leaf paper in 1854, binders became hugely popular when people realized it’s a million times easier to use binders than carrying around notebooks than stacks of paper. With binders, they could move pages around and organize them in the way they want, something they couldn’t do with regular ol’ notebooks.
Sisson spent a lot of time perfecting his product, but it wasn’t until 1899 that binders – specifically the three-ring binder – were mass produced for everyone to use.
The first known company to sell three-ring binders was the Chicago Binder and File Company. Fifty years later, D-ring binders entered the market.
Finally, Sweden Took a Turn
In 1890, just one year after binders were mass-produced, a Swedish man named Andreas Tengwall created the four-ring binder. At the time, it was called the Trio Binder, named after the inventor’s business partnership with two other entrepreneurs. The design for this binder uses four rings, two coming from each side.
The holes in this binder are 21 mm, 70 mm, and 21 mm apart. This standard is still used as a de-factor standard for hole punching in Sweden.
Don’t worry that your idea isn’t original – you will still add value with your perspective.
Write what’s on your mind, and share your voice and passion with the rest of us.
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