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Before ballpoint pens came into widespread use in the late 1950s, back in the days when everyone used fountain pens and, before that, quill pens, ink blotters could be found on every writing desk. Blotters were made of soft absorbant paper formed into a card and were used, of course, to dry up excess ink and prevent smears. They were also a popular form of advertising and were often given away by merchants, banks, insurance companies, and other places of business. Today, these vintage blotters are sought after collectibles.
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