The History of Media (The Beginning-1950 A.D.)

Ballpoint Pen

    In June of 1938, a Hungarian newspaper editor named László Bíró developed a pen that had a small ball rolling freely in a socket. This pen used newspaper printing ink that dried very quickly and eliminated ink smudging, revolutionizing the way we write by hand.
    Without the ballpoint pen, we may still be using feathers or sharp fountain pens to write. Think of all the paper we have saved from the ravages of smudging, and all the trees that needn't be cut down to replace smudged paper in the wastebasket. Also consider that today's gel pens would not be made possible without the invention of the ballpoint pen.