The universities of Michigan and Cornell have collaborated for years on a project to digitize, and convert the images into searchable text, the contents of a tremendous amount (tens-of-thousands) of 19th-century books and magazine articles. They can be found at the University of Michigan Making of America site, and the Cornell University Making of America site.
Last year I did a search for the term "fountain pen" and gathered a number of images resulting from that search. Many are advertisements, but some are short articles about fountain pens. I have also compiled under "Assorted" some references to the term "fountain pen" and the use of fountain pens outside these contexts.
I hope you enjoy them and find them interesting. The quality of the image is highly dependent upon the original scan. I have shrunk them somewhat, but not by a lot. And I'm sure if you dig you can find a whole lot more I didn't just from the simple search of "fountain pen."
The following are by pen manufacturer. Many of the images have more than one advertisement. I have tried to make sure that when a page does contain more than one, that it is listed under each manufacturer's name.
You'll also see ads for typewriters, pencils, paper and other stuff that may be of interest.
Barnes Steel Pen
1897 Harpers ad for Barnes Steel Pens
1889 Scribner's Magazine ad for Carter's Sphinx ink
1899 Century Magazine ad for Carter's Ocean of Ink
S. D. Childs
1901 Elementary School Journal ad for Childs Solid Gold Dollar Fountain Pen
Cross Pen Co.
1889 Scribner's Magazine ad for Cross Peerless fountain pen
1889 Century Magazine ad for Cross Peerless fountain pen
1892 Manufacturer and Builder Mag. Ad for Crown Fountain Pens
1892 Manufacturer and Builder Mag. Article on How a fountain pen is made, page 1 of 2
1892 Manufacturer and Builder Mag. Article on How a fountain pen is made, page 2 of 2
1897 Harpers Mag Edison Automatic Fountain Pen by C.W. Little ad
1889 Century Magazine ad for Esterbrook Falcon dip pen point
1899 Scribner's Mag Esterbrook dip pens ad
1898 Harpers Mag Esterbrook dip pens ad
1905 Michiganisian (Univ. of Michigan) ad for Dr. Faber's Self Filling Fountain Pen
1887 History of the New York Stock Exchange ad for Leroy W. Fairchild 16K gold pens and fountain pen
Gillott's Steel Pens
1887 History of the New York Stock Exchange ad for Gillott's Steel Pens
1869 Manufacturer and Builder Mag. ad for Goodspeeds Golden Fountain Pen
Harrison and Bradford
1869 Appleton's Journal ad for Harrison and Bradford's Steel (dip) pens with list of nibs, numbers and prices
1863 Scientific American ad for Gold Pens and Cases also "the best fountain pen in the world" by George F. Hawkes gotta look for this one
It's a pen review!! 1894 Manufacturer and Builder review of the Home Fountain Pen
E. S. Johnson
1869 Manufacturer and Builder Mag. ad for E.S. Johnson and Co's Gold (dip) Pens
Did you know "The Modern Man carries a fountain pen"?
1898 Michiganisian (Univ. of Michigan) ad for the Laughlin Fountain Pen (from Detroit)
1896 Harper's Mag ad for Lincoln Fountain Pen
Mabie Todd & Bard
1902 Elementary School Journal ad for Mabie Todd and Bard Swan Fountain Pen
1878 Manufacturer and Builder Mag ad-like, short article on a new fountain pen design by MacKinnon
Moore's (American Fountain Pen Co.)
1910 Elementary School Journal ad for Moore's Non-leakable Fountain pen
Another 1910 Elementary School Journal ad for Moore's Non-leakable Fountain Pen
1868 Scientific American ad for Agents Wanted to sell the Morse Fountain Pen - 3 pages with one dipping!
1859 pen review in Living Age Magazine of Moseley's Patent Fountain Pen
1898 Harpers Mag Lucky Curve ad
Prince's Protean Fountain Pen (John S. Purdy Mfg)
1856 New Englander and Yale Review pen review of the new Prince's Protean Fountain Pen
1863 American Cyclopaedia article on pens, describes how gold pens are made and mentions Prince's Protean Fountain Pen
1869 Appletons Journal ad for Prince's Improved Protean Fountain Pen
1881 American Missionary Magazine ad for Prince's Improved fountain pen
1890 pen review in Manufacturer and Builder of the Queen Fountain Pen with a Morton Nib
1890 Scribner's ad for the Queen Fountain Pen
C. B. Rowley
1887 Scribner's ad for 14k gold fountain pen, writes 10,000 words
1889 Scribner's ad for Shipman fountain pen
1890 Century Magazine ad for Shipman fountain pen plus three cool typewriter ads
1890 Scribner's ad for Shipman fountain and stylographic pens
1890 Scribner's ad for Shipman spiral feed fountain pens
1891 Scribner's Magazine Shipman ad
1891 Scribner's ad for Shipman
1892 Scribner's ad for Shipman
Star (J. Ullrich Mfg)
1888 Overland Monthly ad for Star Fountain Pen
1888 Scribner's ad for Star Gold Fountain Pen (agents wanted)
1885 American Missionary ad for Waterman Ideal Fountain Pen
1887 History of the New York Stock Exchange ad for Waterman Ideal
1888 Scribners ad for Waterman Ideal, and mentions the Ideal Pocket pen holder/case
1888 Scribners full-page Christmas ad for Waterman Ideal
1889 Century Magazine ad for Waterman Ideal
1889 Scribners ad for Waterman Ideal
1890 Century Magazine ad for Waterman Ideal "Old Reliable"
1890 Scribners ad For Christmas Waterman Ideal
1890 Scribners ad for Waterman Ideal "Old Reliable"
1891 Scribners ad for Waterman Ideal "Old Reliable"
1891 Scribners full-page ad for Waterman Christmas
1892 Scribners full-page ad for Waterman Christmas
1892 Scribners Waterman Idea ad with spiral shape pen
1893 Century Magazine ad for Waterman Ideal "A Sound Business Principle"
1893 Scribners ad Waterman Ideal "the Pleasure of Writing"
1895 Harpers ad for Waterman "Why Waste Time"
1896 Century Magazine ad Waterman "Do you know?"
1896 Harpers ad "Why Waste Time"
1896 Scribners ad "Thousands have declared"
1897 Century Magazine ad Waterman Why "Ideal"? claims largest FP mfg in the world
1897 Century Magazine ad Waterman "Points"
1897 Harper's ad "Best Things"
1897 Harper's ad Waterman Ideal
1898 Harpers ad for Waterman Ideal
1898 Atlantic Monthly ad "Always All Write" with overlay pens
1898 Century Magazine "The Best"
1898 Century Magazine full-page "Always All Write"
1898 Harpers Waterman "Don't Dip and Waste Time" ad
1898 Harpers Waterman Christmas ad
1899 Michiganensian Waterman ad
1899 Century Magazine ad for Waterman Ideal
1900 American Review Waterman "Paris Gold Medal" ad
1900 American Review Waterman "A Gift" ad
1900 Atlantic Monthly Waterman "A Christmas Tip" ad
1903 Michigenansian (Univ. of Michigan) Waterman "Honors for Graduates" ad
1904 Elementary School Journal Waterman full-page "Travel" ad
1904 Michigenansian (Univ. of Michigan) Waterman "School and College" ad
1906 Michigenansian (Univ. of Michigan) Waterman "Standard of Excellence" first one with a clip
1907 Michigenansian (Univ. of Michigan) Waterman "The World's Greatest Writers" ad
1865 Scientific American short article on the "Improved Fountain Pen" pat'd Sept 29, 1863 by Jos Weller
1888 Illustrated New York full page ad HM Smith gold pens agent for Paul Wirt FP
1889 Scribners Paul Wirt ad
1890 Scribners Paul Wirt ad
1890 Scribner's Paul Wirt ad "350,000 in use!"
1891 Scribner's Mag Paul Wirt ad
1891 Scribner's Mag Paul Wirt ad (another)
1892 Scribner's minimal ad for Paul Wirt
1902 Elementary School Journal Paul Wirt ad
Wizard Ink Tablets
1902 Elementary School Journal ad for Thomas A. Edison Jr. Chemical Co. ink tablets
Assorted Other References
17th-century use of the term from a book added to the UofM library
1751 use of the term. In an 1857 issue of Putnam's Monthly it lists a student's inventory from 1751
1830's Joseph Saxton invented a fountain pen (from a biographical encyclopedia)
1839 Princeton Review uses "fountain pen" to refer to a prolific writer
1846 Scientific American - White's Fountain Pen seeking a patent
1847 Scientific American - Claim by Walter Hunt of a filling tube of graduated capacity, seeking a patent
1848 Scientific American - Lyman and Baldwin patent Sept 19 1848 of a rubber sac to hold the ink in a pen
1849 Scientific American - E. Jordan claims an improvement on a continuous feed of ink to the pen from the "fountain"
1852 Scientific American - Chas Cleveland claims improvements to valves in a FP for the admission of air and regulating the ink flow
1853 Scientific American - in response Mr. J. McC. of NY, They have a fountain pen in their possession imported from England in 1846 that's constructed along your lines. In other words, what you're claiming in your "improvements" have been around since 1846. And this shows they had a fountain pen made in England in 1846.
1855 Scientific American - announcing "last week" a patent was award to HK McClellan for a rubber sac to hold the ink, and a small piece of sponge to act as a feed.
Edited by AAAndrew, 26 June 2015 - 19:31.