Where Did ‘Loom Bands’ Come From?

The power loom, which partially automated textile weaving, was one of the most important inventions of the Industrial Revolution.  Most of the important weaving inventions during this time were not patented. Because imitation did not destroy profits, it simply didn’t pay to use patents. (This wasn’t limited to the loom: Only 15 percent of the U.S. inventions shown at the 1851 World’s Fair in London were patented.)

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This admission has led to innovation of the loom to the consumer market. Playgrounds and living rooms are under invasion from colored bands. Children are spending hours twisting them into bracelets. Parents are getting tired of picking them up from behind sofas and off the floor. Some schools have even banned them after pupils used them as weapons.

The Rainbow Loom, a plastic device for turning small rubber bands into jewellery, has sold more than three million units worldwide. The sheer scale of the craze can be seen in the stats for Amazon UK. All 30 of the best-selling toys are either looms or loom-related. The products top the sales list for every age group except the under-twos.loom2

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a loom band bracelet on her recent trip to New Zealand, and David Beckham, One Direction’s Harry Styles and the Duchess of Cornwall have done the same.loom4

Cheong Choon Ng, the 45-year-old inventer, was born in Malaysia but has lived in the US for the last 23 years. He is married to Fen, and has two daughters Teresa, 16, and Michelle, 13. Seeing the potential Cheong made a plastic version, patented it and then spent his £5,800 of family savings to get it made in China. The Rainbow Loom kits went on sale for £10 in summer 2011 and the rest, as they say, is history.

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History of Business Cards

The practice of exchanging cards has a long and interesting history that can be traced back to the 15th Century. In today’s modern business environment, the action of giving business cards is a valued tradition and varies within each country and industry.

Experts have tracebusiness cards historyd the origin of business cards back to the 15th century in China where ‘visiting cards’ would be giving to show the intention of meeting with another individual. Much like today, these visiting cards were an essential tool of self-promotion and forging an introduction especially for the upper classes.

During the 17th century, the practice of exchanging cards grew strongly within Europe as footmen of the aristocracy or royalty would present these cards to the servants at the home of a host to announce the impending arrival of a distinguished guest. The giving and receiving of these cards was tangible evidence of meeting one’s social obligations.

The social etiquette in the 18th & 19th century, was if a gentleman was to visit a household they must give a ‘calling card’ to each lady on the initial visit. The servant of the house would greet the visitor and outreach a card tray for the visitor to place their card on and to wait outside whilst the card was examined and to decide their acceptance.

Later in the 17th century merchants within London began to use ‘trade cards’ which were vital promotion tools to inform customers of the business’s location and the services they provided. These cards would be handed out to the public in squares and marketplaces and were very serious as they were vital to the business operations.

During the Industrial Revolution the middle class experienced rising income growth and social formality lessened. A class of private entrepreneurs emerged within Europe and the United States that had a constant need to exchange contact information. As a result, they merged the idea of a visiting and trade card to produce the first variation of the modern business card which were handed out at presentations and exhibitions.  By the 1890s in the US, the uses of business cards became widespread and the cards achieved their current level of ubiquity by the early 20th century.

Today’s business cards come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, designs and materials. The standard plain card is a feature of the past where now a catchy detailed design and look is just as important as the contact information. The practice of handing out cards is widespread throughout the globe but the traditions and cultural values still vary from country to country. After four centuries of development and use, business cards purposes have evolved to the central means of exchange and respect between business partners. Important factors about the cards have remained the same as they are still an important means of introduction and the first impressions really do matter.

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Here at SMC we have a wide range of new stylish Stainless Steel Business Cards available. If you would like to keep up with the evolution, then a Stainless Steel Business Card is the newest innovation that makes a strong and unforgettable impact.

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Elle T. // SMC Editor