Those amazing Eraser Mate & Scripto Erasable Pens from the 80s: Remember when we thought they were basically magic?

Vintage Eraser Mate and Scripto Erasable Pens from the 80s

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Launching in 1979, when many Gen Xers were around middle school age, the entire erasable pens concept was some delightfully strange voo-doo. Never mind that it a messy and imperfect tech — we were all in!

Here’s a look back at how well received these special back to school supplies were back in the day.

Erasable pens from Eraser Mate & Scripto (1983)

Excerpted from an article in the Chicago Tribune (Illinois) – March 23, 1983

Indications are that 100 million erasable pens (82 percent of them disposables) were sold in 1982. That’s a pretty impressive share of the 1.4 billion stick (ballpoint) pen market last year.

Scripto, Inc.’s Doug Martin, a onetime executive of Gillette’s Paper Mate division, thinks the erasable-pen market could move up to 150 million units this year, depending on what Bic Pen does to promote its new line.

Martin points out that Scripto’s and Gillette’s erasable pens accounted for 26 percent of all stick-pen dollar sales during the back-to-school period last fall.

“With those numbers, there obviously is a good deal of enthusiasm about erasable pens,” Martin said during an interview.

Martin claims that Scripto has 36 percent of unit volume, and 40 percent of dollar sales in the erasable-pen market.

Vintage 80s Eraser-Mate erasable pens

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Win the battle against the blotches, smudgies and globbies

The Scripto Erasable Pen beats the blotchies, stops the smudgies, and grabs the globbies. Its smooth writing ink won’t skip or glob like other erasable pens. And it erases without smearing or smudging.

So get the pen with the Happy Thumb on the package and see why everyone’s turning thumbs up for Scripto.

Scripto erasable pens

MORE: Remember the vintage stickers from the ’80s that came on rolls & sheets?


A vintage 80s Scripto Erasable Pen in the package

Scripto Erasable Pen in package



Vintage 80s Eraser Mate erasable pen

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Vintage 80s Eraser Mate erasable pen

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