Ex. 04.04: Paper Clips – Culture
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CULTURE. The inventor of the most commonly used paper clip remains anonymous, but there were many people who applied for paper clip patents in the late 1800s and early 1900s, including American Samuel B. Fay in 1867 and Norwegian Johan Vaaler in 1901. However, many Norwegians view the paper clip as a Norwegian invention, and this common office item has come to symbolize much more than its everyday use of binding papers together.
During World War II, many Norwegians wore a paper clip (or binders) as a symbol of Norwegian solidarity and opposition to the Nazi occupation of Norway. If you look at the top of your screen, you will see that we’ve chosen a paperclip as a symbol for our portal, both because it’s Norwegian and because it’s binding many resources together. Read more about the role of the paper clip during WWII here.
Complete the exercise below.
1. Norwegians expressed their resistance to the German occupation during World War by fastening a to their jackets.