1850 ~ Gold Pens ~ 500,000 Sold Annually

We know that pens and pencils were the only reasonable way to write and create records in 1850, but did you know that at least one manufacturer, Bard, Brothers & Co., advertised that they sold over 500,000 Gold pens every year?

I tend to think that they were stretching the truth just a bit.  Their pens were probably popular, but the fact that they were gold plated probably priced them out of 90+ percent of the market.  Couple that with the number of people who actually purchased pens in that year and it is easy to spot the enhancement in their advertised claim.

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