- Drawing pin
A drawing pin (British English), thumbtack (American English) , or push pin is a short nail or pin with a circular, sometimes domed, head, used to fasten items such as documents to a wall or board for display. Various designs and names are used. They are inserted and removed by hand, hence the terms "thumbtack" and "push pin". The term drawing pin comes from them being used to hold drawings on drawing boards.
Thumbtacks made from brass are sometimes called brass tacks or brass pins. Some are made by attaching a metal stem to a flat metal head. Others are made from thin steel by stamping and bending a small narrow V-shape out of the head to form the pin (see "Stamped thumbtacks" image on right).
Map pins (also referred to as "thumbtacks" or "push pins") have a plastic head, often spherical, or handle, allowing easy removal, and often colorful, allowing different pins to be identified, such as points on a map, hence the term. Similar pins used in sewing are referred to as marking pins, and are used for marking points in fabric when sewing, or for holding fabric temporarily together.
Map pins are safer than flat-head thumbtacks when dropped or discarded, since they fall flat on surfaces, rather than pointing straight up, as can easily happen with simple metal thumbtacks.
Paper Crickets are new push pins with a flexible wing design that allows paper to be slipped in and hung without puncturing or damaging the paper. It is very strong and can hold multiple sheets or heavy and light paper without giving into the weight.
The thumbtack was invented either by clockmaker Johann Kirsten (between 1902 - 1903) in the city of Lychen, Germany, or by Mick Clay in 1903 in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.
The idea was sold to Otto Lindstedt, a businessman, who received a patent for the thumbtack on 8 January 1904. The patent made Lindstedt a millionaire. Other sources ascribe the thumbtack invention to Austrian factory owner Heinrich Sachs in 1888.
- ^ Why is a drawing pin called a drawing pin?
- ^ "Napoleon Map Pins on Google Books". Google Books. 1895. http://books.google.com/books?id=masUAAAAYAAJ&vq=pin&pg=PA427#v=snippet&q=wax%20&f=false. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- ^ "Moore Push-Pin History". Moore Push-Pin Company. 2003-08-06. http://www.push-pin.com/mpphist1.html. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
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drawing pin — drawing pins also drawing pin N COUNT A drawing pin is a short pin with a broad, flat top which is used for fastening papers or pictures to a board, wall, or other surface. [BRIT] (in AM, use thumbtack) … English dictionary
drawing pin — n BrE a short metal pin with a round flat head, used especially for putting notices on boards or walls American Equivalent: thumbtack … Dictionary of contemporary English
drawing pin — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a short flat headed pin for fastening paper to a surface … English terms dictionary
drawing pin — drawing ,pin noun count BRITISH a THUMBTACK … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
drawing pin — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms drawing pin : singular drawing pin plural drawing pins British a short pin with a flat top, used for fastening paper to a wall … English dictionary
drawing-pin — see drawing pin … English dictionary
drawing pin — noun A tack for attaching paper to a drawing board etc Syn: thumbtack … Wiktionary
drawing-pin — thumbtack, small pin with a large head used for tacking papers on a surface … English contemporary dictionary
drawing pin — noun Brit. a short, flat headed pin for fastening paper to a surface … English new terms dictionary
drawing pin — noun (C) BrE a short pin with a round flat head, used especially for putting notices on boards or walls; thumbtack AmE … Longman dictionary of contemporary English