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Ballpoint Pen Day (June 10). “On this day in 1943, brothers Laszlo and Georg Bíró filed a patent for what’s now one of the world’s most common writing instruments. Others had tried to design a self-inking mechanical pen that rolled on a ball, with little success. The Bíró’s perfected the design, named it the Birome, and opened a pen shop in Argentina. In 1945, the pens went on sale in the U.S., at Gimbel’s in New York, for $12.50 each ($145, inflation adjusted). The store sold $125,000 worth on day one, and Bic, which bought the patent, has sold 100 billion-plus since 1950.”

[Fast Company (June 2009) p. 22.]

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My Grandpa Ken says they had ballpoint pens at the end of WWII, and they caught a guy stealing them by hiding them in the rain gutter because they sold for $25 wherever he was, Korea, I think.

June 25, 2009 at 12:38 PM

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