In June of 1943 the Bíró brothers, László and György, became owners of US Patent 2,390,636 – better known around the world as the ball point pen. The Hungarian inventors’ new pen, inspired by the quick-drying inks used by professional printers, was as remarkable as the first fountain pen had been the century before. National Ballpoint Pen Day celebrates these intrepid inventors, and the often indelible mark they’ve left on the world at large.
History of National Ballpoint Pen Day
Nowadays, their invention is the ultimate cheap and disposable product – writer Douglas Adams even imagined a planet containing all the lost ball point pens in the universe. Yet it was once a luxury product, available only to the rich. National Ballpoint Pen Day is a time to appreciate this rarest of things: a design classic that is affordable to almost everyone. They come in an incredible array of styles and designs, and a unique pen that suits the individual is available to people from every income level.
At their most expensive, ball point pens have come to represent the final stroke on a business deal, and it is not uncommon to find one in any given purse or portfolio. Signing a receipt for your purchase? You’re probably using a ball point pen. Need to fill out a check to pay for your utilities? Again, it’s probably a ballpoint pen you’re using to sign over the money.
Some of the most expensive ballpoint pens are made from carefully designed metal tubes, they even come in gold and silver! Not all ball point pens are disposable, some of them are refillable, just like the fountain pens. No matter how you look at it, the ball point pen has made an incredible mark on history and is part of every business in the world these days.
How To celebrate National Ballpoint Pen Day
Some stores even mark the day with special offers and trade-in deals! Why not get a head start on Letter Writing Day, pick up a ball point pen and make someone’s day with a letter or a postcard. You can get them in any array of colors or styles, so why don’t you stop and get one of your very own today? They’re perfect for writing letters, filling out guest books, or if you’re feeling particularly creative, you can even write on your skin! Let your imagination and creativity flow wild!