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Advertisement for a ball point pen

Advertisement for a ball point pen

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1888

Shelfmark: Evan.6072

Item number: 6072

Genre: Leaflet

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The invention of the ball point pen is often credited to Laszlo Jozsef Biro, a Hungarian journalist who noticed that the ink used in newspaper printing dried quickly and left the paper smudge-free. Biro patented his idea in 1938.

However there was a much earlier patent owned by John Loud, an American leather tanner. He invented a pen with a small ballbearing in the tip that rotated, picking up ink, and applied the ink to the paper. Biro made the ballpoint pen a household name but he wasn’t the first to have the idea!

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