The Ballpoint Pen is one of those amazing little inventions that everyone takes for granted. ABC Radio National posted a great article today with a little more information about where the original Ballpoint came from.
Sounding like something from a Tintin adventure, the Biro brothers fled from the Nazi persecution of Jews in Hungary and landed in Argentina in 1940. They immediately started manufacturing their patented ballpoint pen, which they called the Birome.
I recommend reading the whole article on their site. And a big thanks to Andrew at ABC for letting me know about the story!
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