|Just a sampling of advertising ballpoint pens
in the SHC collections
in 1888 in Argentina, the ballpoint pen slowly spread throughout the
world. On June 10, 1943, the
international patent was filed with the United States Patent Office. Today the ballpoint pen sells more than 57
pens per second throughout the world. It
is also the most widely used writing instrument in the world. It’s design simply puts a steel ball at the
tip of a tube of ink. The rolling steel
ball regulates the flow of ink for an even application to paper.
ingenious design, the inventors and early marketers overlooked a valuable sidelight
of the pen as a marketing tool. Today, a
multitude of pens carry advertising for businesses throughout the world. With the ballpoint pen, the evolution of business
and marketing can be followed.
|The Northern States Power Company
pen used as a promotional tool
the case of Sherburne County, in the collections of the Sherburne History
Center a variety of pens document business in the county. In the collection we have pens from gas
stations, such as Charlie Brown’s Shell in Elk River. We have a pen to help document Northern
States Power Company. Pens from Sherburne
State Bank and AgStar Farm Credit Services help record the history of financial
institutions in the county.
Ballpoint Pen Day recognizes a significant invention in the world. Equally important, the ballpoint pen provides
unique tools to document business and history on the local level. Happy National Ballpoint Pen Day!