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#1 Paul Raposo

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 00:01

Hey all.

While looking through some back issues of my Gentleman's Quarterly magazines, I found this small write up on the 51 in the January 1989 issue:

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It's hard to tell from the picture, but the cap is rolled gold. They mention the Florida Pen Fanciers Club. I don't think they exist anymore, or am I wrong? From an online source:

You may find mention in older publications of the Pen Fancier's Club, based in Dunedin, Florida. The creation of pen collecting pioneers Cliff & Judy Lawrence, this enterprise began as a club but around 1980 became a retail pen-selling business. Their later catalogs were called the Pen Trading Post. Back issues of their Pen Fancier's Magazine remain a useful reference for collectors.

Also found this in the June 1989 issue--the Eisenhower two pen victory pic:

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The caption reads:

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower holding the Parker 51 pens used to sign the German surrender on May 7, 1945 at Rheims, France.

Of course the ad is for a Duofold, because as we all know... :mellow:

Edited by Paul Raposo, 31 July 2011 - 00:12.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 00:33

Cool. Thanks for sharing. B)
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#3 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 17:05

thanks for sharing :thumbup:
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#4 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 18:22

I found it a really interesting ad yes, thanks for sharing it.

I'm certainly aware how much more liberal the world was with cigarettes in the 50's and 60's but
this ad is from 1989 and is using a cigarette as a main component of the ad layout.

Seems a bit to close to the timeframe when tobacco use became the boogieman I'm thinking.

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#5 Paul Raposo

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 02:34

I found it a really interesting ad yes, thanks for sharing it.

I'm certainly aware how much more liberal the world was with cigarettes in the 50's and 60's but
this ad is from 1989 and is using a cigarette as a main component of the ad layout.

Seems a bit to close to the timeframe when tobacco use became the boogieman I'm thinking.

Bruce in Ocala, FL


I'm confused here, Bruce. Where's the cigarette in the ad?

That said, GQ didn't really begin backing off cigarettes until about 1992. Until then it wasn't unusual to see model layouts with smoking, and on the back cover of the January issue, is an ad for Winston cigarettes.
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#6 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 14:39

Whoa.

Completely lost my mind, but just for a few minutes. :unsure:

That's what I get for perusing Fleabay and FPN at the same time. Apparently the 2 trains of thought collided head on here. :embarrassed_smile:

Here is the other train I had on my mind, and it DOES make ALOT more sense seeing that it is from '55.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...s-/300566560232

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#7 Paul Raposo

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 21:28

That's what I get for perusing Fleabay and FPN at the same time. Apparently the 2 trains of thought collided head on here.


Yeah, had a few of those collisions myself lately.

Here is the other train I had on my mind, and it DOES make ALOT more sense seeing that it is from '55.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...s-/300566560232


That's actually a pretty great ad. Makes me want to run out and start collecting 51's. Damn these advertisers, making pen collecting look so cool :angry:
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#8 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 00:12

One of these days I'd like a nice copy of this framed.

Bruce in Ocala, FL-even better if the pen was a Flighter (Pic courtesy of Amazon)

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 14:10

I'm with you Bruce- LOVE that ad!
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