“But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” — Lord Byron, British Poet and Politician
Before Hungarian brothers László and György Biro invented the ballpoint pen in 1943, fountain pens and pencils were the only methods writers had to scribble out their thoughts. Patenting the ballpoint pen 76 years ago today, the Biro brothers accomplished what many inventors before them failed to do — deliver ink evenly without overflow and clogging. Now the dominant writing instrument, millions of ballpoint pens are manufactured and sold worldwide every day, providing a more reliable tool than the classic fountain pen, pencil, or even a feather quill. Join PASH today in celebrating Ballpoint Pen Day — and don’t be afraid to get a little ink on your hands!