This Day in Jewish History 1858: Hymen Lipman Gets Patent on the Eraser-pencil

The fact that higher court overturned the patent does not detract from Hymen Lipman's vast contributions to the modern office worker.

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On March 30, 1858, Hymen Lipman received a patent for his invention of a pencil with a built-in eraser. U.S. patent 19,783 was awarded to the Philadelphia stationery entrepreneur extraordinaire for what he...