June 10th Ball Point Pen Day

Before 1943 we used the fountain pen or the quill dipped in ink to write our ideas, thoughts and theories on paper. Both could be very messy and were a little difficult to carry around. Then came the “Birome”, invented by Laslo and Georg Biro in Argentina, the first working version of the ball point pen. It sold for $12.50 at Gimbel’s Department Store in New York and was considered pretty darn expensive… but worth every penny! Today, ball point pens are a dime a dozen with many meant to be thrown away after the ink in used up or given away as promotional items with a company name written on them.

How to celebrate – Use a ball point pen to write down your thoughts. “Ink” a deal! Try using a quill or fountain pen to see what you’ve been missing!

June 10th National Ballpoint Pen Day

There are a lot of things we take for granted. Things like the sun is going to rise every morning, that there will be taxes (even if they are delayed), and that we have always had a ballpoint pen to write with. Actually, the latter was not true until the Biro brothers, Laslo and Georg from Argentina, created the ballpoint pen in 1943. The first pen sold in the US was in 1945 and was sold at Gimbel’s for $12.50 called the “Birome”. The brothers later sold their patent to Bic.

How to celebrate – Be thankful for your ball point pen. Write a book! Stand on the corner of the street giving autographs (doesn’t matter whether people want them or not)!