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The Birth of Speedball

****SPOILER ALERT: this post is not about drugs****It was founded in 1899 as the C. Howard Hunt Pen Company and was probably best known for its BOSTON pencil sharpener which adorned most classrooms across this country.Then in 1915 sign letterer Ross F. George of Seattle took his new invention to Hunt. He called it the Speedball Pen. It was a square-tipped pen that could make broad and thin lines. Hunt was soon to produce the pen in six sizes.image via Then in the mid-1930's: Hunt became America's first large manufacturer of inexpensive accessories for linoleum block printing, a popular school craft. Henry Frankenfield, printmaker...

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