A Victorian advert for ball point pens, 1888
The Ball-Pointed pen is the pen of the age, 'Tis used by the banker, the merchant, the sage; The Editor joyfully shouts from his den," Eureka! I've found it, the Ball-Pointed pen!” SHOULD THIS MEET YOUR EYE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT THE PATENT BALL-POINTED PENS Are the greatest improvement in the manufacture of Steel Pens since first introduced. They are suitable for WRITING IN EVERY POSITION. NEVER SCRATCH NOR STICK IN THE PAPER. HOLD MORE INK AND LAST LONGER. By them bad writing is abolished, as they are adapted for all. 516F for fine or ledger writing; 526M for bold or rapid writing; 537 "J" for ladies' or professional writing. In 6d., 1/, or gross boxes. THE "FEDERATION" PENHOLDERS. ANTI BLOTTING. FEDERATION HOLDER.