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#1 Slpederson

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 00:00

I'm new to Esties, so this may be old news to all of you.  I picked up a few J models in a batch on Ebay, and the black one is embossed "BELL SYSTEM PROPERTY" (with the quotation marks), once there was white paint in the engraving but it has mostly worn off.  Did the US phone company once issue Esterbrook J models as office pens?  It seem that is what I have.  I'll be interested to hear any history anyone knows, and how common these are currently.

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 02:59

I don't know exactly how common, but I have an LJ that is a Bell System Propery "skunk".


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Posted 18 May 2015 - 08:06

Pretty common. They're on the bay regularly.

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 19:40

You can find the stamped on both J pens and desk set pens. There seem to be quite a lot of them but remember the Bell system was a huge monopoly but in the 50s and 60s.


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Posted 18 May 2015 - 20:22

They're quite common.  I have a bunch of them for parts.  I've seen them in SJ, J and transitional. 


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Posted 18 May 2015 - 21:12

I suspect that they were office/desk pens.  I remember seeing an unsued 

box of 10 for sale, on Ebay.  They were all LJ size.  The year would have 

been 2012.  If one of us won it, please humor my curiosity.  How much ?  


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Posted 18 May 2015 - 22:06

Fortunately  the Bell System was broken up  by  Supreme Court Justice Black

 

I guess thank's to him was are no longer to possessors of stolen property of the Bell System

, that might have made us accessories to  petty theft, huh

 

any other  say but...


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 16:57

I have a bunch and I love them. If you want to revive the printing, try cleaning it well and then use a white crayon to rub over the print. Wax will embed in the engraving.


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 19:29

I love mine, but then again I do work for the "Bell System".


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 19:45

My apologies if this sounds stupid, but my Bell Systems Estie has no quotation marks. Are there different imprints on different pens or was it just a random thing?


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 19:46

Bell marked pretty much everything of theirs, including tools. I have a Bell System hammer, and I've heard of Bell System tools of all kinds, with braces (as in Brace and Bit) being also quite common. I've seen a bunch of Bell System Esties so they must have been the standard pen for a number of years.

 

They're still cool, though. But then I like the Esties marked with company names.



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Posted 24 May 2015 - 03:23

Oh man, Bell System marked everything, from hammers, pliers, screwdrivers to first aid kits.

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 03:43

Today I found a utility hole cover marked 'Bell Systems' on my walk.  Didn't even notice before.  



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Posted 25 May 2015 - 01:14

Bell Telephone

 

Today I just found these 1951 Perfect Attendance Award Pencils

 

Three were in the available group so I bought al  three pencils, they are  Pencil Floatie

 

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The Box says"  Perfect Attendance Award  "

The Bell Telephone Company of Pa

 

Lower portion of box Name of Recipient   " Dorothy O. Decker"  Received  12/27/51 ( Holiday Gift )

 

Office:  D.T.S. Lehigh     Yrs. Perfect Att.   1 Year

 

The pencil  was made by the Secretary Pen Co. of Union,   NJ ( same as the quality pen maker )

 The Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania

 

Attendance Award D. O. Decker

 

I have three such Award Pencils each having one or more Bell System  (  Blue Bells)

inside one has three could this have been special ?

 

Thought you might like to see these since we were on the subject of Bell System Property 

and Esterbrooks.

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 03:39

They are common enough, but everyone who uses an Estie needs at least one. Or two.

 

Others? "AAA"...yes, the American Automobile Association. One of the auto-makers...Pontiac, I think, but I'm not going to dig through my Estie-stash to make sure. At least one school system in the Midwest. 

 

Anyone have other Esterbrook company pens?


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Posted 25 May 2015 - 17:16

I've seen a black "Consolidated Edison" Estie for auction before.


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Posted 25 May 2015 - 23:12

I have a AAA set in black still with stickers on in the box. Just never bothered getting the stickers off. 

 

I also have a pen marked

James Losey

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Safety Committee

 

I wonder if Atlas Point refers to the chemical plants at Atlas Point in Delaware. 

 

It's a nice, grey J pen, still with sticker and a Dura No. 2668 Medium Firm nib. How very conservative and sober. Just right for the safety committee to give out. 

 

Would love to find a red one with a cool engraved business name. 



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Posted 28 May 2015 - 16:30

I have a business engraved red one. I forget what the biz was, will look tonight and try to share pics.


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Posted 28 June 2015 - 06:16

I have a bunch and I love them. If you want to revive the printing, try cleaning it well and then use a white crayon to rub over the print. Wax will embed in the engraving.

 

I used White-Out on mine. Worked great. Filled in the letters, let it dry, and buffed off the excess with a microfiber cloth.




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Posted 29 June 2015 - 13:25

I have a black rubber barrel, stamped "AT & T Systems".

 

I also have a pencil embossed with an insurance company name from Plymouth, WI.  I've seen another with a car dealership name from Sheboygan, WI.








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