June 10th marks a special day for ballpoint pen aficionados, as it has come to represent one of America’s more obscure holidays – National Ballpoint Pen Day!
Who would have guessed that European Patent #2390636 would end up protecting the world’s most popular modern writing instrument? Certainly, the inventors of the ballpoint pen knew they were on to something, but the fact that these pens have been produced by the billions shows just how right they were. Today, we honor them with National Ballpoint Pen Day.
History of National Ballpoint Pen Day
On June 10th of 1943, Hungarian brothers Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro walked into a European patent office to declare ownership of their new writing pen design. From this day on, countless ballpoint pens have been enjoyed by writers around the world, and this date has grown into the holiday National Ballpoint Pen Day to celebrate the achievements of these ingenious brothers.
While the British government quickly swooped in and bought the rights to the newly-patented pens, today’s ballpoint pens are used the world over and continue to represent an affordable and reliable means for writing on any standard surface.
Fun Facts about Ballpoint Pens
In honor of the Biro brothers and National Ballpoint Pen Day, we’d like to share some interesting facts about this incredibly popular pen type:
- * Each second of every day, more than 125 ballpoint pens are sold
- * An average ballpoint pen will write approximately 50,000 words – or about 100 pages of text
- * 4.3 pens are used, on average, by each person in the United States each year
- * Ballpoint pens range from about 7-cents each, to over $730,000 for the Mont Blanc ballpoint
- * Before acquiring the rights to the ballpoint pen, RAF flyers used feather pens in the cockpit
- * The first ballpoint pens sold in New York (1945) cost $12 each – or about a day’s wages
- * 3.4 billion ballpoint pens are imported into the USA each year
- * 56% of individuals own a logoed or customized ballpoint pen
- * 95% of the time, when a person receives a new pen, the first word they write is their name
National Ballpoint Pen Day will arrive on June 10th of this year, and represents a fun and whimsical way to pay our collective respects to the ingenuity and creativity of the Biro brothers.
This simple and practical product can be found in homes, offices, classrooms and more, and it’s easy to see why this invention has not only survived, but thrived, over the last 73 years. From business to pleasure, the ballpoint pen holds a special place in our hearts.
Ballpoint Pens for Business
Bring ballpoint pens into the office, and appreciate the versatility and ingenuity of the Biro invention even further. If you’re looking for a way to grow your business or spotlight the benefits of your organization, consider providing your clients or prospects with a batch of high-quality, affordable, and fully customizable ballpoint pens.
A popular option is the BIC Clic Stic pen, available in your choice of custom colors and sized to handle about 150 characters of personalized text. Or, consider the RiteLine Frisco Ballpoint Pen with a colored barrel. This affordable option comes in several unique and vibrant base colors and can also accommodate your choice of several lines of custom text.
Regardless of which pen you choose to help celebrate National Ballpoint Pen day, or which option you elect to grow and promote your business, you’ll find that the trusty ballpoint pen will soldier on as one of the most effective promotional gifts you can employ.
One thing is certain – using a ballpoint pen delivers a more personal experience than simply typing on a keyboard. The power of the written word is undeniable. To learn more, click here for a glimpse at an exciting new infographic entitled, The Benefits of Handwriting vs. Typing.
Grab a pen this June 10th, find some paper, and pay homage to the Biro brothers by celebrating National Ballpoint Pen Day!