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#1 magan

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 11:01

what is/was bell systems and why are esties printed with it? will an estie be rarer/costlier than others if it has a bell systems imprint? if yes, by how much?

sorry for the noob question. if this has been covered before please point me to the thread. thanks! :)

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 13:59

Bell Systems referred to the Bell Telephone Company back when there was essentially ONE telephone company in the U.S. I think Esties were mass purchased for office use. Bell had "Bell System" put on just about everything, diagonal cutters, chairs, step stools, ohm meters, etc. to mark it as company property.
As to cost, I've seen them on eBay and it didn't seem like they went very high but that I'm not sure on. I never followed that market for any period of time.

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#3 OcalaFlGuy

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 03:41

Farmboy says a Bell System J is almost a requirement for an Estie collection/collector.

I wouldn't know, I not only don't have one, I don't even have a Black Estie. :wacko:

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 03:51

Farmboy says a Bell System J is almost a requirement for an Estie collection/collector.

I wouldn't know, I not only don't have one, I don't even have a Black Estie. :wacko:

Yet, You don't have one YET.

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 04:36

I bought my Bell Estie on E-Bay for about $10 (spring 2008). It worked from the time it arrived and had a 9XXX nib. My father-in-law worked over 30 years at MI Bell and my purchase was primarily nostalgia motivated. It is a good usable pen.

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 05:32

I've got one in my collection, but the condition is no better than "good" and I probably purchased it for around $20 (just guessing though--I got it years ago). I'd like to get one in mint condition at some point just because they a little unusual yet so common. If I find one in mint condition, that'll be the last one I'll buy though--I don't know why I'd need more than two! (Mine is LJ size. Are these made in J size too? That could complicate things a bit...)

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:24

Black Esties are super, like the Beetles of Volkswagen.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 08:32

have one, no extra cost for being a bell
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 17:33

I have two and yes, they are a requirement if you collect/use Esterbrook. The main reason I have two is the fact that if I only had one, and it was lost or broke, no one in the Esterbrook community would like me any more. They would call me names and not let me play kick ball until I got another.
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 17:57

I have one, too. Came off eBay as a black LJ with a 9556 nib. I got two black LJs for $18 and I sold the non-Bell one for $9 or 10, so I guess mine was $9 or $8, something like that. It's fun for nostalgia reasons. Writes great.

Warning: Farmboy refers to the Bell Systems pens as "skunk," the infamous seventh color of Esterbrook. White imprint on black.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 22:21

Bell Systems ROCKS. I love the imprint, it just looks so damn cool
Theres also Salt Lake City Schools

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 00:07

thanks for the replies! now, which models were they (bell systems and salt lake city schools) imprinted on (J series, BHR dollars, etc.)?

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 23:25

Theres Bells in SJ, LJ and J form, not sure about the Salt Lake City ones

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 00:05

Farmboy says a Bell System J is almost a requirement for an Estie collection/collector.

I wouldn't know, I not only don't have one, I don't even have a Black Estie. :wacko:


I have a Bell system for sale! just saying.
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 22:22

All of them i've seen have come with a 9556 or a 9668, but usually a 9556.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 22:32

Can someone post a picture or a link to a picture. I've never seen this pen before. Thanks.

#17 FarmBoy

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 01:42

Can someone post a picture or a link to a picture. I've never seen this pen before. Thanks.

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Edited by FarmBoy, 24 February 2010 - 02:38.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 03:59

If you're reading this from page 1, you'll notice that I've acquired a new one since my post there... :unsure: (Yes Todd, my first one ran out of ink, so I had to get another one!)

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 14:49

Can someone post a picture or a link to a picture. I've never seen this pen before. Thanks.

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Oh great. Thanks Todd, another interesting forum to peruse in the time I don't have. :)

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#20 FarmBoy

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 16:49

Can someone post a picture or a link to a picture. I've never seen this pen before. Thanks.

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Oh great. Thanks Todd, another interesting forum to peruse in the time I don't have. :)

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There does seem to be a few people here that also play there.

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