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The Incredible Ball Point Pen: A Comprehensive History & Price Guide

The Incredible Ball Point Pen: A Comprehensive History & Price Guide

Henry Gostony & Stuart Schneider

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The Incredible Ball Point Pen tells the story of the ball point pen’s painful development, its cacophonous launching, the public hysteria accompanying its debut, and its outrageous and scandalous promotion. It recounts the fabulous riches which followed, the public’s rapid and total disillusionment with the product, the collapse of the market, scientific breakthroughs in the 1950s, the industry’s resurrection, myriad improvements occurring from 1950 to 1959, and the modern period from 1960 on. This is the most exhaustive work available on early ball point brands, manufacturers, and models. It includes over 400 photos of pens, copies of original ads, patents, documentation, and a comprehensive spotter and price guide. All who appreciate the ball point pen as a collectible and investment and who wish to further their knowledge about this fascinating topic will certainly want this book.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 469 color photos | Price Guide/Index | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764304378 | Binding: soft cover


Henry Gostony is an internationally recognized writer and authority on fountain and ball point pens. Stuart Schneider has written eleven books on collectibles and antiques and is well known in the pen collecting world.