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#1 Titivillus

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 13:54

This thread is a place where FPN people can post their name if they would like to receive letters from other people here at the site.


PLEASE POST ONLY YOUR NAME( username) AND IF POSSIBLE A LITTLE BIOGRAPHY

THEN OTHERS CAN PM or eMAIL YOU THROUGH THE SYSTEM AND MAILING ADDRESSES CAN BE EXCHANGED

Lets give this a try then see what happens.




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My Pen collection started as most did with an Esterbrook. I remember picking it up silver and black, thinking five dollars is a lot for a pen but it sure is neat. Took home and found that it worked, which was great, then the search for ink. Found some Quink blue-black and began writing letters with that fountain pen. Occasionally over the next few years visited flea markets and saw some pens but never as nice, did find another nib and the address of the company in a box (didn’t know they had stopped producing). Too much school and too much work pushed the pen to the back of the drawer. Then my father in law passed, I was given a Parker 51 box full of old pens found a red Balance that was given to him before the war. Thought it might be repaired so I went to the net to find a repairer. Found so much more, saw pens that were still being produced that became objects of desire, I wanted more pens. Pelikan, Parker, OMAS, Dupont and Rotring, Bexley , Stipula , Krone. I lurked and I listened to several net boards to what people were using and what they preferred, found eBay and really started to buy. Looked for pen stores in cities I was visiting. And I bought more until two score pens I owned and admired. I went through a downsizing of my collection and have ended up with 12 pens that might be inked up at any time and another 3 that are sentimental. My preference for nibs has been fine but slowly I have tried to get more variation in my writing. I live outside of New Orleans and am a officer of one of the Mardi Gras Carnival Krewes. To pay for my pens I work for an polymer company that produces what could be best described as transparent aluminum.

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 15:07

Sidney


I'm looking for letters too.

A little pen related bio can be found in the "Welcome" section.

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#3 Keith with a capital K

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 15:29

I love getting snail-mail but do have to say that because of my current schedule I don't have nearly enough time to write replies as I would like.

I am hoping that this situation will be changing a little very soon.
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Posted 01 May 2005 - 22:11

southpaw,

Count me in, but similar situation to Keith with a capital K. Things will clear up end of this month some.

Be warned - I'm kinda new at this, so . . .
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Posted 02 May 2005 - 18:28

Speaking of snail mail, just curious...

are there any 'good' Internet sources? I am a very ecclectic sort of person and have always had problems finding the right match. As a youth, I used pen pal services all the time, and having the right match didn't seem so important then. When I got online some years back, one of my first exploration projects was finding some ink sparring partners. I looked hard. Most of the penpal type pages were for teens. I did find some specialty groups and actually found a person who was a good writing partner for over a year. Unfortunately, it was email writing.

Many of the lists I scoured were mostly non-descript listings with little information. When I meet someone in person, we usually have some sort of common link and, as I said, I'm so ecclectic in my interests, that just writing about the weather or what I want for Christmas doesn't satisfy me at all.

Are there any solid snail-mail-connection sites online?

Edited by Fulcanelli, 02 May 2005 - 18:28.


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Posted 02 May 2005 - 21:12

Count me in.


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Posted 02 May 2005 - 21:44

Oh, I'm game, too; it's been a while since I had postal mail correspondents.

#8 Titivillus

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 21:58

Speaking of snail mail, just curious...

are there any 'good' Internet sources? I am a very ecclectic sort of person and have always had problems finding the right match. As a youth, I used pen pal services all the time, and having the right match didn't seem so important then. When I got online some years back, one of my first exploration projects was finding some ink sparring partners. I looked hard. Most of the penpal type pages were for teens. I did find some specialty groups and actually found a person who was a good writing partner for over a year. Unfortunately, it was email writing.

Many of the lists I scoured were mostly non-descript listings with little information. When I meet someone in person, we usually have some sort of common link and, as I said, I'm so ecclectic in my interests, that just writing about the weather or what I want for Christmas doesn't satisfy me at all.

Are there any solid snail-mail-connection sites online?

That's what I am trying to do here with the basis as interest in fountaion pens. A little biographical paragraph would be a nice addition so that people could decide whether to write.


I have one on another site and will bring it over as soon as I can..


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Posted 03 May 2005 - 00:31

That's what I am trying to do here with the basis as interest in fountaion pens.

I did understand that was your purpose and I certainly do not mean to be disrespectful in any way. I'm not sure that even if I was going to write to someone, I'd care to write about fountain pens. As I said a few times, I'm a bit on the eccentric side of things. Since I already interact with so many of these people here at this wonderful forum, I might be interested in drawing from a different pool.

Again, I really do not mean to be disrespectful of your efforts here.

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 00:55

I'm in, but I can probably only handle "low bandwidth" with my work schedule. Always looking for a reason to use the pens (and stationary :P)
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Posted 03 May 2005 - 04:58

I'm usually good for at least a quick note, though, to be fair, it should be noted (as KCat can attest) that my handwriting is peculiar, eccentric, and legibilitily-challenged. Oh, and I'm mostly a blue-ink kind of guy, so...

I'm also really boring; I spend most of my time doing nerdish things with computers, and an inordinate amount of time either getting into trouble or taking strange photographs of strange places.

You've been warned. :D

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 09:06

strange photographs of strange places

Wow, those are some mighty incredible photos!

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 14:34

Little bio paragraph:

I live in Brooklyn, and work in Manhattan, and have lived in NYC all my life; what I'm likely to write about are snippets of life in the city, musings over singing and performance, from all sides (performing, watching, tech prep), with the occasional wanders into goofiness, and profundity.

Oh, and the occasional rants -- which rise and subside quickly. I Have Opinions.

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 04:22

Count me in too! My brief bio is under my user description!

We got the pens, now let's ink up and do what we love to do best!

Regards,

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 22:14

I'm in, too. Let's keep the post office in business! Drop me an email for my snail mail address. It'll give me a chance to try all this new ink I've been buying up! :D
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Posted 13 May 2005 - 02:07

Meant to add my name here a while ago and forgot... :rolleyes:

I'd be happy to send / receive some mail that is NOT bills! :D
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Posted 13 May 2005 - 05:57

I'm interested in penpalling as well. Just a brief intro. I'm Carrie, I'm 30 and from England. I started penpalling about 12 years ago and moved over to using fountain pens to write my letters about 4 years ago. My letters are written with various Conway Stewarts with the odd Parker thrown in for good measure if I feel like writing with something a bit different. Other interests include museums, archaeology, history, walking, reading (if I ever find the time), photography (I finally went digital last year with a Nikon D70 which I absolutely love), what else, I guess I could say that I spend far too much time going round the country watching different types of motorsport.

Fulcanelli, not sure ifI'm allowed to post links on here, but to answer your question, there are various snailmail websites. Send me a PM if you want any links to any that I've found to be useful.

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 08:15

Hi Carrie,

not sure ifI'm allowed to post links on here, but to answer your question, there are various snailmail websites. Send me a PM if you want any links to any that I've found to be useful.

Of course you are! Anything pen-related goes somewhere on this Forum, and anything non-pen related or not directly so, in Chatter :D. So please, do share! :D

BTW, there is a pinned thread somewhere, for interesting links, but I don't seem to find it right now. I'll edit this post when I do :D.

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 15:52

Sign me up ~ for the low bandwidth version as well :P

I've been at this for 5-6 years, I believe it was the Serenite or the Dolce Vita that got me into all this.

A little about me: turning 30, Toronto, freelancing project manager. I currently have a flickr account with various photos where anyone can piece together things I enjoy.

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Posted 31 May 2005 - 04:51

OK here goes. ;)

Short bio, hm, well, I've been working in the mental health field for the past 27 years, most recently specializing in alcohol and drug treatment. I work in a small public hospital on a unit with adult patients. Used to work with adolescents, but realized I was getting crazier than them and shifted out.

I have frequent and rapid shifts of interest, but currently they are: cigars, pipes and tobacco, a return to photography, an intellectual interest in gardening, cooking, reading (fiction, bios and non-fictrion not so much), (aside: Ian McEwan is the most amazing author I've come across in a long time!), and, of course, pens.

Started with a Waterman 52 I found at an antique mall, have now scoured all the readily available antique shops and have decided that fountain pens were never very popular in Utah, or they've all been collected! I've decided that currently I'm an accumulator, not a collector. :eureka:

Now perhaps I'll get to explore stationery...... :meow:

Edited by Psyktek, 31 May 2005 - 04:52.

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Posted 31 May 2005 - 09:07

Now perhaps I'll get to explore stationery...... :meow:

Oh, don't start that, stationery can be addictive too ;)

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Posted 02 June 2005 - 22:20

In addition to whatever nonsense I've already put in my bio: I'm 55 and a resident and native of the Highlands of Scotland. I'm more a user of pens than a collector. Of course, I want to try using lots of other pens, so the difference is more perceived than real. I have an interest in fountain pen history. I've read most of what's available and I think we've barely seen the tip of the iceberg. There's a lot more to discover.

I favour Conway Stewarts, Heros and whichever other odd pen I get my hands on.

I like archaeology. This is good area to pursue that interest as there are remains of everything from the Neolithic on in profusion here. Also history, which in this part of the world usually meant one clan knocking lumps out of another.

I take photographs but I make no claims for their quality :rolleyes:

And I like to write. Incessantly.
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Posted 02 June 2005 - 22:29

I love your description of history:D A bit like one of our medieval archaeology lecturers at university writing off a long barrow with a dismissive wave of his hand and the comment that "prehistory, it's all religious or ritualistic, you make it up as you go along and no bugger can ever prove you wrong". My archaeology interest was Anglo-Saxon and then somewhere along the line I got bang up to date with the Industrial Revolution and got stuck with cotton mills instead.

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Posted 02 June 2005 - 22:50

This year I've been working on Victorian industrialised farming and its effect on landscape. That's fine, but you have to admit it's less blood-stirring than hairy fellows brandishing claymores in a way that would upset The Health And Safety Executive.
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Posted 03 June 2005 - 00:29

My archaeology interest was Anglo-Saxon and then somewhere along the line I got bang up to date with the Industrial Revolution and got stuck with cotton mills instead.

If one is stuck with cotton mills and the Industrial Revolution, is it possible to be "up to date"? <_<

Unless your studying the evolution of cotton mills..... :blink:
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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:04

Well, in comparison with most archaeology the Industrial Revolution is "up to date" ;) I certainly never thought it was something which would capture my imagination. Certainly study the evolution of one particular cotton mill and its history because its my workplace and my job.

I was hoping that someone on here would want to write to me, I was looking forward to swapping letters with other fountain pen enthusiasts - though I'll be the first to acknowledge that the people around here are much more knowledgable than I can ever hope to be. So far no offers though.

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 16:43

I want to write to you! We'd just bore everyone else with our archaeology and history.

And the motorsport.
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Posted 07 June 2005 - 20:48

I would like to be part of the snail mail group, also. :) I live in Nevada, in the middle of nowhere, and I work in the library at a middle school. I am interested in history, reading (especially Dean Koontz!), music, and NASCAR racing. I enjoy writing and receiving letters.

Thanks!

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 20:42

Well, my first letter is now written as a result of this topic and I've got a couple more to write. I'm certainly looking forward to getting to know some of the people on here a bit better.

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 22:04

Count me in! I love using my pens. My interests include motorcycles, theology, and I study tarantulas in addition to the pens. Also love England, Ireland and Scotland. I'm 50 with a wonderful family. Please BC me for my SM addy. B)