Bachelor Invents Safe Safety Pin (Oct, 1935)

It seems that if the pin’s default action was to close it would be really hard to actually use one because you’d have to keep it pried open to put it through the cloth.

I’m having a little trouble accepting the statistic that that safety pins caused more deaths than guns. But he is a bachelor so I guess he’d know best.

Bachelor Invents Safe Safety Pin

A BACHELOR had to solve the problem of inventing a safety pin that would be safe in more than name only. With statistics proving that more lives are lost from safety pins than from firearms, Victor Grant Jones, a Seattle bachelor, decided that something must be done about it.

Accordingly he drew upon his experience as a radio repair technician and set to work with pliers, springs and wires. When he discovered that by reversing the spring on the common safety pin, the point would spring closed instead of open, he knew he was on the right track. His finished product requires force to open it for pinning, and it promptly springs closed when not in use. Thus it is impossible for baby to swallow an open pin.

7 comments
  1. Rick Auricchio says: September 8, 20078:58 am

    The gun/pin statistic is probably correct for that period in history.

    At that time, there were no disposable diapers; every baby had cloth diapers with safety pins. The sheer number of safety pins in use vs. firearms probably makes that statistic true.

    Though swallowing of pins was a risk, the risk of infection from pinpricks was probably far greater. The writer didn’t differentiate between causes of death, as long as the safety pin was the culprit.

  2. Stannous says: September 8, 20079:35 am

    Isn’t that how Sid Vicious died? OD’d on safety pins?

  3. Village Idiot says: September 11, 20071:03 pm

    This is why I secure my son’s diapers with pistols and I keep a box of safety pins in the nightstand in case of intruders.

  4. CaraSue♥ says: May 21, 20087:42 am

    I think that the last comment was very inappropriate. People could get the wrong idea about you and your childs safety. Be wise on the Internet kids =]

  5. Alan says: October 20, 200811:08 pm

    “I think that the last comment was very inappropriate. People could get the wrong idea about you and your childs safety. Be wise on the Internet kids =] ”

    Is…is this your first time on the internet?

  6. JMyint says: October 20, 200811:47 pm

    In the US today the Number 1 cause of death in children under 7 is the automobile and the number 2 cause is swimming pools.

  7. Toronto says: October 21, 20081:05 am

    That’s why I avoid car pools, despite being over seven.

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