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Monday, 24 August 2015


The earliest reported date for the use of ink with reed pens was in ancient China in 2697 BC. The ink was composed of soot in lamp oil mixed with gelatin from donkey bones.

The ancient Egyptians used reed straws with ink made of soot or red ochre pigment mixed with beeswax or vegetable gum for writing on papyrus.

Johannes Gutenberg developed a new type of ink in Europe for the printing press. Gutenberg’s dye was indelible, oil-based, and made from the soot of lamps (lamp-black) mixed with varnish and egg white.

Jane Austen was very particular about the ink she used. Her recipe included stale beer, and she said the mixture 'must stand in a chimney corner 14 days' and should be 'shaken two or three times a day.'

It's considered rude to write in red ink in Portugal.

The green ink used for American currency was actually invented at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

The Archbishop of Cyprus signs official documents in purple ink.

As lemon juice is used to make invisible ink, a man once tried to rob a bank thinking he was invisible by putting lemon juice on his face.

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