Monday, April 28th, 2014

Rhodia and the BIC Cristal ballpoint pen: A historic pair?


Rhodia with Bic Crystal Pen

In 1945, Marcel Bich and his partner Edouard Buffard began manufacturing fountain pens and mechanical pencil parts in Clichy, France. In 1950, Marcel Bich launched the BIC Cristal ballpoint pen. BIC is a shortened version of his own name.

Since Rhodia tablets and BIC Cristal pens each existed in France in 1950, what do you think the odds are that there were people using them together at that time?

One thought on “Rhodia and the BIC Cristal ballpoint pen: A historic pair?

  1. I gnawed on the cap of many a BIC pen during grade school… usually in classes where the teacher didn’t permit chewing gum. My parents always bought a new six-pack of BICs at the start of the school year.

    They are an indelible reminder of grade school to me, along with the tin of math instruments, scribblers and loose-leaf paper, plastic bottles of Lepage’s glue, and Laurentian pencil crayons.

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