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AURORA DUOCART The pen with the ink-alarm


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#1 gicoteni

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 20:22

AURORA DUOCART is a fountain pen of the '50s, acknowledged as one of the first plastic cartridge filled pen (see here in FPN) and probably the first with two cartridges.
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But here I want to show you an odd feature of the Duocart: the sound to alert the user that the ink is near to ending. The device is very simple: a small ball hanging from the bottom tassel inside the barrel. If you have both cartridges fitted, the ball cannot move, but if only one cartridge is in, while you write the ball swings, uttering a tick-tock.

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A nice invention complementary to the idea of the double cartridge. In my opinion it was introduced since the Duocart mainly was a school pen and the device was an help to avoid the end of ink during a lesson. But the entire design of Duocart is easy: the oversized barrel to underline the 2 cartridges, the difference of colour between section and barrel and the addiction of this ironic alarm for forgetful schoolboys…
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I do not know who is the designer of Aurora Duocart. Some writers of history of Italian fountain pens assert the author is Albe Steiner, a designer working in Italy in that period; he certainly was a graphics and design consultant for Aurora in '50s and 60s, but I could not find in his biography a reference to Duocart invention (only packaging and advertising, as he did for Aurora 88 too). Indeed Albe Steiner was the designer of the Aurora Sele pens line. In this link you can see some of the interesting works of Steiner for Aurora.
Duocart seems to me a variation of Aurora 88: the exact name is "Aurora 88 Duocart", they are similar in shape, the clip is the same (also if a little shorter) of 88 and so the nib and section: probably it was the result of a collaboration among Aurora, Nizzoli, Steiner…??….. I need the help of Aurora experts. Saluti a tutti, Giuseppe








Edited by gicoteni, 23 May 2008 - 05:46.


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Posted 23 May 2008 - 11:47

This is one of the silliest and funniest inventions in pen history but I would love to have this pen.

Edited by goodguy, 23 May 2008 - 11:47.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 16:31

Dear Gicoteni
Thank you very much for the interesting article. Giovanni Abrate (Pennant Spring 2006) and Lee Ranitz (WES Journal Spring 2008) wrote about Inge Steiner as designer of the Duo Cart.
I think the later Dou Cart have the imprint "2 Cart"
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P.S.: In the patent of 1954, no name is given :-(

Edited by Dib, 23 May 2008 - 16:39.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 17:37

QUOTE(Dib @ May 23 2008, 05:31 PM) View Post
Dear Gicoteni
Thank you very much for the interesting article. Giovanni Abrate (Pennant Spring 2006) and Lee Ranitz (WES Journal Spring 2008) wrote about Inge Steiner as designer of the Duo Cart.
I think the later Dou Cart have the imprint "2 Cart"
Best
Dirk
P.S.: In the patent of 1954, no name is given :-(


Hi Dirk, than you for you reply. If you visit the link I inserted (it is the link to Archivio Albe e Lica Steiner in Politecnico di Milano – Lica was the wife of Albe, but who is Inge?), you can see a lot of pictures of packaging and adverts for Aurora (for Duocart too) and sketches and pictures of Sele pens, but I cannot see an actual reference to the design of Duocart, that is much more important than Sele. This is why I have some doubt. Ciao, Giuseppe



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Posted 23 May 2008 - 18:06

Hello Giuseppe,
A good question: who is Inge ? I think Abrate and Ranitz are wrong. Maggi/Negetti/Nencini told us in their book "Fabulous Fountain Pens" the designer was Albe Steiner. Jacopini called him "Abe" :-)
Perhaps you can call the Archivio Albe e Lica Steiner and ask them ?
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 18:23

Does anyone know more about the invention of the Duocart's cartridges?

If this was the first modern cartidge it made history.
Without the invention of a successful cartridge the FP might well have become extinct.



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Posted 12 August 2008 - 09:51

QUOTE (solitaire @ Aug 11 2008, 07:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does anyone know more about the invention of the Duocart's cartridges?

If this was the first modern cartidge it made history.
Without the invention of a successful cartridge the FP might well have become extinct.



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The first modern cartridge (or at least, the first pen which could use both cartridges and converter) is the Parker 45. I think Waterman made some pens which could use *glass* cartridges before.

The Duocart is uber-cool though.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 19:38

Does anybody know if Aurora made pencils and ballpoints to match the Duo-Cart?
Thank you,
Victor.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 21:30

Does anybody know if Aurora made pencils and ballpoints to match the Duo-Cart?
Thank you,
Victor.


Never seen of heared about Duo-Cart Pencil or BP in 20 years of Aurora collection, sorry...

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Edited by sanpei, 14 May 2010 - 21:30.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 16:56

Probably a silly question, but are there still cartridges around that will fit the Duo-Cart - or even a converter?

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 17:29

Probably a silly question, but are there still cartridges around that will fit the Duo-Cart - or even a converter?


I'd bet that the short Parker cartridge would fit.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 21:23

Probably a silly question, but are there still cartridges around that will fit the Duo-Cart - or even a converter?



Platinum converters will work on an Aurora Duo-Cart pen, I got one and it works. I found out from another thread in this formum, if you want to see it follow this link, http://www.fountainp...__1#entry130695

Edited by sztainbok, 29 January 2012 - 10:31.







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