Now, I must admit that I am a fairly dull person who has probably used quite a few thousand paperclips in my life and never once wondered just who might have invented the nifty little things. Then…a friend called me one day to ask if I knew that the man who did the job was from Mineral Wells, Texas. Of course, you say Texas or Texan around here and you get our attention in a hurry!
I’ve always been interested in Mineral Wells; in fact, I owned a business there once upon a time. Couple that with my grandfather’s stories of the Baker, the Crazy Water, the gambling, the mineral baths, Mary Martin, Peter Pan, and Larry Hagman, who wouldn’t fall under the spell of Those Were The Days, My Friend in Mineral Wells, Texas?
Anyway, I went on the hunt, and what I found were many, many more questions than answers. If you google David Galbraith, Mineral Wells, Texas, you will find all kinds of articles about the man’s connection to various business ventures, and in every single one of them you will find an appositive after the his name…inventor of the paperclip…and then the article will go right on with its initial subject.
At least one source claims that it was due to bad business that Galbraith lost his claim to fame on the paper clip.
So…who in the heck did invent that little clip that most of us reach for countless times a day, never thinking about it at all? I don’t know. I found a couple of supposed hoaxes about the claims of others, but I’m still holding out hope that the answer is David Galbraith of Mineral Wells, Texas.
If you happen to have the piece of the puzzle that I am missing, I would love to hear from you! Until then, I think you don’t want to miss the gorgeous piece of architecture that definitely bears Mr. Galbraith’s name. I will be writing about it soon!