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The Story of Egyptian Hieroglyphs

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It is believed that the hieroglyphic writing system developed in Egypt in approximately 3100 BC, although there are some examples of writing in Egypt that have been dated to circa 3400 BC. These first examples of writing in Egypt are found on inscribed seals at the tomb of a predynastic king known as Scorpion I […]

The History of A.T. Cross Company

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The A.T. Cross Company is America’s oldest manufacturer of writing instruments with a history that extends back for almost 170 years.  The era into which the A. T. Cross Company was founded saw great change in the writing instrument industry.  Many writers were still using quill pens or had recently made the transition to more […]

The History of the Pencil

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Graphite, used in the core of the modern pencil, is not the first example of an element hewn from the ground and used as a mark making tool. This process dates back to the very first examples of human art seen in the prehistoric cave paintings created using charcoal and chalk in the era between […]

The Writing on the Wall – Graffiti as Art, History and Politics

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In the crypt of the Basilica in Lourdes, south west France, the walls are covered with graffiti. The temporary boundary fences placed around the ruins of the World Trade Center were covered with graffiti within days of the September 11th terrorist attacks. These disparate places and times are connected not just by our common understanding […]

Dynamic Doodlers – A History of Ballpoint Art

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The humble ballpoint pen. Since its introduction to the masses at Gimbel’s New York Department store in 1945, it has become a staple of any office, classroom or study. But whilst John Loud’s original 1888 patent, and the Biro brothers’ later updates in the 1930’s, undoubtedly arrived with the intention of revolutionizing the stationery world, […]

Now You See Me… A History of Erasing

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For as long as there has been writing there have been errors and the need to erase them. The first writing implements and surfaces were made for mistakes, as the wet clay used in tablets could simply be smoothed over and new letters formed with the stylus. It is likely that the complexity of the […]

Shhhh! A History of Written Secrets

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One of the oldest examples of writing being disguised or changed to hide meaning is seen in a cuneiform tablet dating from 1500 BC. It is believed to contain the recipe for a pottery glaze which the craftsman did not want to share with his fellow artists. By the 5th Century BC, Herodotus, the famous […]

Pen Beats: Tapping into a New Generation

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If you have ever been sat at a desk bored, the likeliness is you have found yourself idly tapping away with a pen or a pencil. But did you ever become so caught up in the rhythm that you found yourself throwing out fills like a desk-bound Dave Grohl? If the answer is yes, then […]

50 things you didn’t know

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Discover 50 fun facts that you didn’t know about pens in our latest Pen2Paper blog

A history of the Sheaffer Pen Corporation

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The founder of the Sheaffer Pen Corporation was a remarkable entrepreneur and spirited salesman. Walter Sheaffer was so determined to impress potential  customers of his piano business that he volunteered to assist them with farming or household duties in exchange for an hour to demonstrate his pianos; having travelled up to 20 miles from his […]

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