The A-Z of Office Supplies ‘E-H’

The A-Z of Office Supplies ‘E-H’

A-Z from Euroffice, we love office life…

….and pride ourselves on being the office supplies experts, with this in mind, we’ve come up with a handy product guide. The A – Z of Office Supplies. A gift from Euroffice to your office, to help you find out more about what we have to offer. Each week we’ll feature a selection of our favourite products along with some quirky facts about each of them and of course, all the information you’ll need to purchase your own. I wonder if anyone will get the full A-Z collection 🙂 … This week we shine the spotlight on E-H

E is for…

 economy mouse pad Euroffice

  1. Jack Kelley designed the first mouse pad in 1969. Instead of going into computing, Kelley went on to design office furniture for Herman Miller.
  2. People used to use sponges from the sea, until Brit Thomas Hancock patented a rubber sponge in 1846. He also invented a machine called the ‘masticator’.
  3. The Oxford English Dictionary uses the term mouse mat, rather than mouse pad, as its primary listing: ‘rigid or slightly resilient material… on which a… mouse is moved’.

Envelope Wallet Euroffice

  1. In the 1940s the American Air Force used plastic envelopes as a part of a water purifying system to be used by airmen adrift in dinghies at sea.
  2. TV cops always use plastic envelopes for evidence, but that’s not correct procedure; items that need to breathe are actually put into paper bags instead.
  3. In 1963 British designer Robin Day invented the polypropylene (plastic) and metal stacking chairs we all used in school – 14 million have been sold since then.

F is for…

fan heater Euroffice

  1. ‘Fan death’ is a South Korean superstition where people are afraid that falling asleep with a fan on, could end in suffocation. So some Korean fans are sold with timers.
  2. In 1931 Popular Mechanics magazine suggested shopkeepers attach a torch to an oscillating fan for their window displays to ‘catch the eye of passers-by’.
  3. Astronauts’ gloves have heaters in the fingers. That’s because fingers are the part of the body that get coldest in space. And probably in the earthly office too.


filing cabinet Euroffice

  1. Documents found in two filing cabinets owned by Marilyn Monroe reveal the star was no bimbo; she owned 400 books as well as a Rodin and a Degas.
  2. In 2011 a piece of Queen Elizabeth’s 1947 wedding cake was found in a hospice filing cabinet. An antique dealer later bought the slice for £1,100.
  3. The first readily-available filing cabinets were sold by a company started by Melvil Dewey to help market the card indexes used in his Dewey Decimal system.


footrest Euroffice

  1. Early side saddles were just pillows for peasant women to sit behind a male rider, but noblewomen had their own horses & saddles with footrests calls planchettes.
  2. Tutankhamun’s throne had a footrest engraved with images of his enemies. Trampling people underfoot, some of his sandals were similarly decorated.
  3. When Shapur I, the emperor of Persia, captured the Roman emperor Valerian in 260 AD, he used him as a footstool to climb onto his horse.

G is for…

gluesticks Euroffice

  1. Most of the props in the 1998 psychological thriller Pi, directed by Black Swan’s Darren Aronofsky, were held together with glue sticks.
  2. As part of a materials workshop, NASA scientists discussed the ‘torsional characteristics of […] hot melt glue sticks’ in 2001.
  3. The earliest known adhesive in the world dates back to 200,000 BC; tar was used to glue stone flakes to wood, perhaps for a spear.


granulated sugar Euroffice

  1. Around 320 BC an Indian government official recorded five different sorts of sugar, including a boiled variety called ‘khanda‘ – is that the start of candy?
  2. The head of a sugar refinery in Moravia patented a press for making sugar cubes in 1843. His wife had sliced a finger trying to break up a block of sugar.
  3. In 1764 Britain passed the Sugar Act to prevent Americans from smuggling sugar into their country. They responded by boycotting British goods.

H is for…

high visibility vest Euroffice

  1. In 1939 3M invented Scotchlite – maybe the first reflective material. Made using tiny glass beads, it became essential in WW2: need to spot a downed pilot in the ocean?
  2. Karl Lagerfeld wore a high-visibility vest for a 2008 French public safety campaign: ‘It’s yellow, it’s ugly, it doesn’t go with anything, but it could save your life’.
  3. Did you know you can buy high-vis vests for chickens? (Something something crossing, something something road.)


Euroffice highlighters

  1. Without Japanese calligraphy we may not have had highlighters. People say soft-tip pens were invented in Japan as a way of mimicking writing with a brush.
  2. In 2011 Stabilo, the world’s largest manufacturer of highlighters, announced they’d sold 1.8 billion of these pens worldwide.
  3. A company in America sells Bible-friendly highlighters; the ink won’t bleed through the thin pages. Hallelujah.


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  5. Neon at 10:36 am

    Well you have beaten me, I can’t think of a single reason why a chicken would need a hi visibility vest ? Even if Colonel Sanders eyesight isn’t too good, the soft feathers and clucking noise would be a bit of a giveaway !!

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