January 07, 2014

On this day January 7th...

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On this day

January 7, 1890 Inventor, William B Purvis, patents the fountain pen.

William B. Purvis is an African American inventor who created and received a patent for the fountain pen in January of 1890. Purvis' pen was the first of its kind. This invention made it possible to eliminate the need to carry around a bottle of ink, in that it provided a reservoir to hold ink inside the pen. His biography shows that he spent 40 years from 1884 - 1897 inventing and patenting things such as bag machines, hand stamps, electric railway switches, and a bag fastener.


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