William B Purvis

Realising how much of an inconvenience it was to have to carry around a bottle of ink whenever you needed to sign a contract or fill out papers, Purvis decided to do something about it. On January 7, 1890, Purvis received a patent for the fountain pen which eliminated the need for an ink bottle by storing ink within a reservoir within the pen which is then fed to the pen’s tip. The Pennsylvania resident also patented a bag fastener, a hand stamp, an electric railway device, an electric railway switch and a magnetic car balance device between 1884 and 1897.

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