On January 7, 1890, W.B. Purvis, one of our great African-American inventors, received a patent for the fountain pen. Purvis saw the need for a more convenient way to sign letters and documents and decided to take action. The fountain pen made the use of an ink bottle obsolete by storing ink within a reservoir within the pen which is then fed to the tip of the pen.
Of his accomplishment, Purvis said, “the object of my invention is to provide a simple, durable, and inexpensive construction of a fountain pen adapted to general use and which may be carried in the pocket.” The invention of the fountain pen is something that individuals and businesses all over the world are thankful for. They are cleaner and more efficient to use than a bottle of ink.
Between 1884 and 1897 Purvis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, patented paper bag machines, a bag fastener, a hand stamp, an electric railway device, an electric railway switch and a magnetic car-balancing device.
W.B. Purvis has played a major role in our lives. He’s just one of the many African-Americans whose inventions impact our lives on a daily basis.
Article By Latoiya Stout for the Voter News Network at http://voternewsnetwork.com/VNN/newsletters/march604.html
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