The 50 Most Iconic Designs of Everyday Objects

35. Swingline Stapler

Year Invented: 1939

Designer: Swingline (originally Parrot Speed Fastener Company)

Swingline was founded in 1925 in New York City by Jack Linsky. In 1939, the company created a stapler that would set the standard for the office product. This new design had an opening on top that allowed the user to easily drop in a new strip of staples. The Swingline stapler has also become an iconic everyday object of the screen, appearing in TV shows like The IT Crowd, Scrubs, and The Simpsons, and most notably, the movie, Office Space.

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