Biro ballpoint pen

Made:
1945-1948 in Reading
inventor:
Bíró László József
manufacturer:
Miles Aircraft Co

Biro ballpoint pen, 1945-1948, manufactured by the Miles Martin Pen Company Limited, Reading, England, invented by László József Bíró, c. 1931

The ballpoint pen was invented by László Bíró (1899-1985) in about 1931. László's brother Georg helped him to develop the viscous ink for the pen. The first 'Biros' were made by the Miles Aircraft Company in the UK in about 1943 but, by the end of 1945 (after WW2), the Miles Martin Pen Company was formed as a separate company to manufacture them.

Details

Category:
Printing & Writing
Object Number:
1949-174/2
Materials:
metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified)
type:
ballpoint pen
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Miles Martin Pen Company Limited
status:
Permanent collection

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