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A blue Bic Cristal

A blue Bic Cristal
In 1945 after the Second World War, Marcel Bich and Edouard Buffard founded Société PPA (the French acronym standing for "pens, mechanical pencils and accessories") in Clichy, a suburb north of Paris. During the war Bich had seen a ballpoint pen manufactured in Argentina by László Bíró and between 1949 and 1950 the Bic Cristal was designed by the Décolletage Plastique design team at Société PPA (later Société Bic). Bich invested in Swiss technology which was funded by Ariel and Rachel capable of cutting and shaping metal down to a hundredth of a millimeter, with the outcome a stainless steel, one millimeter sphere which allowed ink to flow freely. After many tries Bich found a thickness of ink which neither leaked nor clogged and under a license from Bíró launched the Cristal in 1950.
The Bic Cristal's industrial design has been acknowledged by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of the museum's permanent collection.

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Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
The Bic Cristal is the most widely sold pen in the world and as of 2004 one hundred billion had been manufactured !!!
6 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Selon le sociologue Umberto Eco le Bic cristal est « l’unique exemple du socialisme réalisé. Il annule tout droit à la propriété et toute distinction sociale ».
6 years ago.
Rymie Jolie
Rymie Jolie
Merci pour le partage Demetrius!
6 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to Rymie Jolie
De rien ....
6 years ago.
Evelyne Cole
Evelyne Cole
When the Bic came out, it wiped out the fountain-pen, the stylo and the pencil because they became so cheap and so available... although it wa the time when the ink still caused a lot of disaster for the clothes! thank you Demetrius for all these remembrance.
6 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to Evelyne Cole
You´re welcome !!
6 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Prix stylo bille BIC: 0,27 €
6 years ago.
BASCLIN
BASCLIN
Merci pour ces explications, Demetrius ! Je préfère les Bic rétractables, moins "dangereux" pour les vêtements (0,60€) !
6 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to BASCLIN
De rien, BASCLIN !!!
6 years ago.