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Floyd G. Paxton (March 7, 1918 – December 10, 1975[1]) was a manufacturer of ballbearings during World War II,[2] and later inventor of the bread clip, a notched plastic tag used for sealing bags of bread worldwide.[3]

Bread clipEdit

Paxton conceived the notion of the bread clip when he was flying in 1952; this resulted later in him founding the company Kwik Lok, in Yakima, Washington.[4]

Other pursuitsEdit

Paxton was best known in the state of Washington for his very conservative political views. During the 1960s he was national president of the John Birch Society.[2] He made four unsuccessful runs for Congress. He founded a conservative newspaper, The Yakima Eagle, which did not attract a subscriber base and soon folded. Paxton and his wife, Grace, had a running battle with the Internal Revenue Service over a family trust set up to avoid taxation, resulting in years of litigation and appeals with the IRS—with the Paxtons ultimately losing. [5] He died of a heart attack in December 1975 at the age of 57.[2] He left a son, Jerre Paxton, who became a leading figure in the state's horse-racing community.[6]


  1. ^ "John Birch Society Director". Washington Post. 1975-12-13. p. A20.
  2. ^ a b c "Birch Society Figure Floyd Paxton is Dead". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 11 December 1975. p. 2. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  3. ^ Kwik Lok History
  4. ^ Lukas, Paul. "Twist-Ties vs. Plastic Clips: Tiny Titans Battle for the Bakery Aisle". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  5. ^ Seagrave, Peggy; Seagrave, Sterling (2003). Gold Warriors: The Covert History of Yamashita's Treasure. Verso Books. pp. 175–177. ISBN 1-85984-542-8.
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