A Biro by Any Other Name…

Is a ballpoint pen!

Where would we be without ballpoint pens? Some are throw-away cheap, some are wildly expensive. They’re printed with company logos, given away at the drop of a hat, and somehow, we just can’t get enough of them. And who doesn’t have a junk drawer at home crammed with long-forgotten ballpoint pens?

Yet the first commercially-successful ballpoint pen wasn’t introduced to the public until 1945. Using the design perfected by Laszlo and Georg Biro, Gimbel’s department store in New York City sold the first ballpoints in the U.S. for $12.50 each ($145, adjusted for inflation). They sold $125,000 worth in one day! Five years later, Bic bough the patent for ballpoint pens and has sold literally billions since then!

In honor of the lowly ballpoint pen, why not treat yourself to a new one and slip it into the pen loop of your planner?