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#221 InkingBishop

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 15:53

Che Guevara seems to have always had a Parker 51 in his pocket. This picture is one of the clearer ones showing the iconic Parker clip


A Parker fountain pen is also described as being among his (looted) personal effects when he was captured and executed. The pen, if it still exists, will now be in the hands of some Bolivian soldier, or his antecedent. Unlike el che's wristwatch, which was kept as a trophy, and worn for many years by the CIA agent present when he died.

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#222 AD64

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 18:40

I use a Parker 45.

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Clearly you are among the famous!



#223 oneill

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 08:30

I do know that the very famous cricketer Max Walker uses a Mont Blanc Boheme and has written some 30 or so books with it on the
other hand I also know that he has a
particular liking for a Gold Dragon of Jinhao manufacture.oneill

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#224 welch

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Posted 24 July 2016 - 22:03

Ty Cobb wrote for years with a Parker 51. He preferred green ink. I stumbled across this from his grand-daughter, writing on a baseball history Facebook site. Will look for a link. The original post had a picture of a letter from Cobb to Babe Ruth about 1946 or '47.


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Posted 24 July 2016 - 23:56

A Parker fountain pen is also described as being among his (looted) personal effects when he was captured and executed. The pen, if it still exists, will now be in the hands of some Bolivian soldier, or his antecedent. Unlike el che's wristwatch, which was kept as a trophy, and worn for many years by the CIA agent present when he died.

 

Now I know why he lost his life and the war, he was a dreamer, the Parker 51 seems completely unapropiated for a guerrilla war. Btw he should had never return to Havana after the El congo fiasco, he should had stayed in Paris among Barthes and Foucault, teach in the Sorbone, write with his 51 in Le Monde, or le Figaro, or Paris Match, he was skilfull in French language but........


Edited by penrivers, 25 July 2016 - 00:00.


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Posted 25 July 2016 - 00:34

Ty Cobb wrote for years with a Parker 51. He preferred green ink. I stumbled across this from his grand-daughter, writing on a baseball history Facebook site. Will look for a link. The original post had a picture of a letter from Cobb to Babe Ruth about 1946 or '47.


Speaking of the Babe, I wonder what his pen of choice happened to be?

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 00:45

Speaking of the Babe, I wonder what his pen of choice happened to be?

 

I don't know about Babe Ruth, but my guess is that Bob Feller had a Parker Vacumatic in 1938, when he autographed a baseball for a motor-cycle policeman who had helped to measure a Feller fastball, shown in this YouTube. About 2:15 mark, Feller takes a twist-cap fountain pen put of his pocket. The camera shows a closeup of Feller's signature -- and the nib -- about 2:18. Looks like the nib on a Vacumatic, but it's not a perfect picture.

 

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 01:49

Very cool, Welch! Thanks for sharing.

I like the little flex flourish "r" at the end of Bob's signature.

And the speed test, while somewhat crude by today's standards, certainly got the point across that Feller was entitled to his nickname, Rapid Robert.

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Posted Yesterday, 06:43

Winston Churchill used an Onoto, I was approached this summer to supply one, for a film about him with Brian Cox playing the part of Churchill. Part  of the filming the filming took place in Edinburgh,Scotland (my home town),  perhaps the reason to approach me to supply their prop.


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Posted Yesterday, 21:53

"My 'Swan' pen is an inestimable boon to me. I wrote every word of 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' with it..." Baroness D'Orczy.

Not sure if this is the actual pen she was talking about:

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