The newspaper stick, also called newspaper hanger, is an international phenomenon. The newspaper stick is called a krantenstok in Dutch and Zeitungshalter in German. The Germans held another exhibition in 1982 with various newspaper sticks in Münster. But who, when and where devised the newspaper stick is still a mystery. Not much is known about this handy, nostalgic object.
The purpose of the newspaper stick is to keep the newspaper complete. While reading, the attachments in particular often get lost and pages are arranged in a different order. In addition, the stick causes the pages to crease less quickly, because the reader must read the newspaper flat on the table. With a newspaper stick every reader is assured of a complete and good looking newspaper!
Over the years, the newspaper stick has often been refurbished to improve both technology and appearance. The sticks are marketed in various variants. There are newspaper sticks that are provided with sharp nails that are poked through the back of the newspaper and clamped in the slot of the second stick. The newspaper cannot move in this way. Another method consists of a metal bar that falls along the center inside of the newspaper. The back of the newspaper is pressed into a slot to which the metal bar is secured with one or more sliders. There is also a newspaper stick where the newspaper with wing nuts must be clamped between two slats.
A newspaper stick often has a hook at the top with which the stick can be hung. Hotels and restaurants but also libraries often have multiple newspapers. To prevent the reading table from becoming buried under the newspapers, the newspapers can be conveniently arranged on the hook of the newspaper stick. The table not only looks neat, the newspaper also stays neat for the next reader (s).
The appearance of the newspaper stick has also changed over the years. In addition to the nostalgic wooden sticks, the newspaper stick is nowadays available in various RAL colors and materials. It is also possible to provide the handle or the entire pole (depending on the type and material) with your house style or logo. In this way, a nostalgic product is given a modern look, the style of which you decide yourself!