Paper Mate Logo History

A Timeline


It all started in the early in the 1940s, Patrick J. Frawley, an entrepreneur who saw opportunities where others saw obstacles, acquired a ballpoint pen parts manufacturer during a time when the ballpoint pen industry was struggling due to poor product performance and began the journey to find an improved ballpoint pen ink that would change the industry.


A new pen called the Paper Mate® was born and transformed the ballpoint pen industry with a revolutionary instant-drying ink that did not leak. This would be the start of Paper Mate®'s love for writing and road to become a leading global writing instrument brand with innovation at it's core.  


The Paper Mate® pen becomes a household name with the biggest advertising budget spend in pen history - $2 million! The campaigns featured famous celebrities such as TV personality George Burns, comedian Gracie Allen, and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor in a number of eye-catching ads!


The Paper Mate® Flair® Felt tip pen makes its debut, helping brighten up writing! A consumer favorite to this day, it has maintained its iconic design and has continued to delight consumers with its dynamic range of colors and quick-drying water based ink that won't bleed through paper. The perfect tool for writers, drawers, doodlers and studiers!


In an effort to offer reliable writing to everyone Paper Mate® launched a major project line called the Write Bros.®, offering reliability and the versatility to handle writing tasks big and small, becoming a dependable writing partner for generations.


After more than a decade of research, Paper Mate® continues to lead industry technology and shocks the pen industry again with the Eraser Mate® erasable ballpoint pen, which writes like a pen but erases like a pencil.


Liquid Paper® joins the Paper Mate® family, making the Paper Mate's product portfolio even more robust with the addition of correction products, making every day writing a little easier!


Our classic yellow mechanical pencil, SharpWriter®, launches just in time for back to school. Its shock-absorbing tip protects against lead breakage and dispenses lead with a simple twist! It now comes is several fun colors!


Flexgrip® is introduced as one of the first rubberized barrel pens in the market in an effort to deliver extra comfort to consumers. Created with a soft, rubberized grip, it became one of the most comfortable grips available in the market.


Searching for a smoother writing experience Paper Mate® develops Lubriglide®, an all-new refill with a lubricated ink glide system, delivering bold, vivid lines without blobbing or skipping! Paper Mate® still uses this iconic ink today in several of our pen lines.


Paper Mate® is acquired by Newell Brands in 2000, where the brand is nurtured and established as a global writing instrument leader, helping consumers where they live, learn, work, and play.


With its vivid colors and clear barrel, the launch of Clearpoint® introduced FUN to mechanical pencils! Years later, Clearpoint continues to be a favorite as the #1 selling mechanical pencil.*
Source: IRI Unify, 2016 Full Year, Dollar Sales, Total MULO, Clearpoint


Paper Mate® launches one of the boldest and smoothest pens in the market with the Profile® 1.4mm pen in 12 vibrant colors!


Wanting to bring back the joy to writing Paper Mate® launches a new product line "InkJoy®", with a revolutionary ink system that would give the best in effortless writing. Featuring colorful, ultra-low viscosity ink for a smooth, and enjoyable writing experience that keeps the thoughts flowing.


Paper Mate® InkJoy® Gel is launched to spread joy instead of smears with quick-drying gel ink. Featuring a brilliant gel ink that dries 3X faster*, it’s like a party on the page where smudges aren’t invited. With 14 brilliant colors to choose from, your notes will be bright and filled with fun.
* Vs Pilot G2 based on average dry times of black, Blue, Red and Green. Individual dry times may vary by color.


The newest addition to Paper Mate® is the Clearpoint® Color Lead Mechanical pencil with erasable colored leads! Writes and erases like a regular mechanical pencil, with 6 fun color options!