Advertising Blotters

March 2, 2012 | Kathryn

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Before the widespread use of ballpoint pens, the fountain pen with its self-contained reservoir of ink, was the writing implement of choice. Blotting paper which soaked up excess ink on writing paper was a necessity of the desktop along with a bottle of ink or inkwell.

Businesses, organizations and institutions distributed free blotters as an easy way of getting their messages across.

Here are two of the blotters that will be on display at the Toronto Reference Library until the end of March.



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Gene Autry

This exhibit of Special Collections ephemera is located on the 4th floor of the Toronto Reference Library, just outside the Baldwin Reading Room.