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.