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  1. Can someone let me know the manufacture date for this pen. It is a Burroughs Fountain Pen On the transparent part of the barrel, it says Burroughs Pen Co 333 Washington St. Boston Massachusetts USA I've tried researching it, but I have not found any information on when it was manufactured. I found the pen on Ebay, and the seller doesn't have any information on the pen.
  2. reedmaven

    Dating A Moore Lever Fill L-92

    The pen cited above has "PAT.PENDING" stamped on the barrel. Can this fact help to determine a date range of likely manufacture? I appreciate any information that someone may be able to supply.
  3. RagunCagun

    Jfk With A Parker 45?

    Hi all, Sorry if this is common knowledge, but I recently came across a picture that shows JFK using what looks to be a Parker 45 cap activated ballpoint. I'm not an expert in Parker, pens however, so I can't be sure. I read somewhere that while it has long been thought that JFK preferred Jotters as his handy-everyday pen (usually to be given out as mementos), it's more likely that they were first 45s which then might have become Jotters. Anybody have any more insight or information? I know the pen does not make the man (rather vice versa), but I've always found it super cool to know what pens politicians/highly visible public figures use in their everyday lives -- away from the ceremonial Townsends and Mont Blancs. Here's the pic: http://66.media.tumblr.com/0663faabfb721f46e7981cfcdff4cac5/tumblr_n8maavQ5hv1qa2j8co3_1280.jpg
  4. Hi Can anyone tell me anything about Hartman pens, for example this one http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hartman-Golden-Pearl-Restored-near-MINT-fully-serviced-/232010600742?hash=item3604e8d126:g:94kAAOSw7XZXhRi~ The seller has identified it by a "faint imprint on the barrel". Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks
  5. A friend just shared this short video with me about the rare pigment collection at Harvard. Perhaps you will enjoy it? Makes me want to go on a field trip now. Best, AD
  6. My mother just told this story about her and her father (my recently deceased grandfather). She said it was from the time when "you had to use Fountain pens, because there weren't any others." He'd sent her to the shop when she was a wee girl to get him a bottle of ink. My mum asked him what colour ink he wanted, and his sarcastic reply was green ink. So my mum went down the shop, and bought him a bottle of green ink. As a result, my grandfather wrote in green ink for a very long time. I'm not sure if my mother misunderstood my grandfather, or quite likely that my grandfather didn't realise that the little shop down the road would sell green ink as well as his usual black or blue and so he got stuck with green ink.
  7. We have all seen the dozens of books telling the story of the Waterman fountain pen beginnings and we all know about the L.E. Waterman and A. A. Waterman problems,, but... ...have many seen and read this tidbit of information? It's a fascinating read and actually makes one wonder if the details are genuine or if some of the Waterman historical facts could be erroneous?! Because I love history and things that are old (although my hubby is younger), I found this a very interesting read. Just wanted to share...thoughts? The missing pieces? (With thanks to Daniel Kirchheimer).
  8. Hello all, I currently live at the old Wahl/Eversharp factory building (which is now a condo building) at 1800 W. Roscoe Street in Chicago. I am working together with an active group of volunteers in researching the history of Wahl/Eversharp. Our goal is to commemorate the history of the company and the people who made-up the company. We are planning to feature photographs, artwork, and displays throughout the building and are planning centennial celebration to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the building. We have already identified some amazing photographs (which we are getting permission to use) of the construction of the factory building, almost 100 years ago. The photographs show the building being constructed using horses and wagons. We also have a photograph, which shows the bakery next to the factory. We believe this is the bakery which provided food for the striking factory workers. I would love to reach out to ANYONE who has a deeper understanding of the history of the company, the people and or the building and would love to connect with anyone who has a personal connection to building. Regards, Michael
  9. First world war guest book reveals mindset of soldiers bound for frontWartime document from tea room at Peterborough railway station contains heartbreaking notes, jokes and sketchesGuardian article (link) A fascinating record. Poignancy and historical interest aside, the standard of penmanship is worth noting. It would have been nice to see closeups of their handwriting alongside the typed transcriptions. Browse the visitors’ books (link) Might a dip pen have been provided next to the visitors' book? Variations in ink colour suggest some wrote with their own pens while others used pencil.
  10. I was just ruminating on the fountain pen filling system history. What I can't figure out is, why piston filling mechanism was not widely used in the UK and US, since it is superior to filling systems using ink sac. I have nothing against lever fillers but looks to me like advantages of piston fillers are the reason it is today the only widely used filling mechanism apart from cartridge/converters. Was there an issue with the patent? I know Pelikan bought the original patent from a Hungarian engineer Kovacz. But I believe other European manufacturers started using same or similar filling system soon after. Why didn't Parker and others follow suit?
  11. ralfstc

    Moma Production Dates?

    Hi folks, Does anybody know the Moma production dates at all? I just recieved a lovely one, NOS, 8 sided boxed, gold trim, two tone nib. Thanks! R.
  12. I am an American history MA student considering designing a thesis around fountain pens -- maybe their technological and social significance during the dawn of mass communication, maybe their fluctuating roles as status symbols, utilitarian workhorses, gifts, "obsolete" techology, etc. It's still in the works. I collect FP's and perform rudimentary restorations as a hobby, and I foresee benefit in mixing work and pleasure. With some quick Googling, I have found a handful of texts by collectors and FP connoisseurs, including Fountain Pens: the Collection Guide to selecting, buying, and enjoying new and vintage fountain pens and Identifying Fountain Pens by Jonathan SteinbergThe Illustrated Guide to Antique Writing Instruments by Stuart Schneider and George FischlerFountain pens Past and Present by Paul EranoFountain pens: A Collector's Guide by Peter TwydleThe Chronicle of the Fountain Pen: Stories within a Story by Joao Martins, Luiz Leite, & Antonio GageanThe last text sounded promising, though to be honest, I am fearful most of these texts will have more photos and cursory model information rather than in depth passages discussing the FP in a broader historical significance. That is not a knock to them, but rather an explanation of what I expect will be my greatest challenge, i.e. gathering sources. Again, this is very early in my MA (I haven't actually started the semester yet), but I'd like to hone this idea into a specific question asap. Speaking of questions, here's a few... Do you have any more text recommendations? I'm really interested in ones detailing specific manufacturers or innovations (Parker 51, Waterman C/C Pens, Sheaffer Snorkel) Have I missed any threads on here talking about scholarly work on fountain pens, especially anything published by a university press?Any FP questions that haven't been answered by the fine FP authors already mentioned or otherwise? Thanks for your time!
  13. A repair box, with a parts pricelist. Not sure of the date. The zodiac stones seems pasted in probably by the repairman. http://fountainpenboard.com/forum/uploads/fpngallery/album_449/gallery_334_449_2415593.jpg http://fountainpenboard.com/forum/uploads/fpngallery/album_449/gallery_334_449_3409270.jpg http://fountainpenboard.com/forum/uploads/fpngallery/album_449/gallery_334_449_4613730.jpg http://fountainpenboard.com/forum/uploads/fpngallery/album_449/gallery_334_449_1458225.jpg
  14. http://www.indianmemoryproject.com/122/ The story of how Sita & Sity went on to become Wilson Pens due to the secondary effects of a War, the growth of Wilson and President and the decline later. Very interesting story!
  15. Matt Cleverdon

    Unknown Senator Pens

    Ok, so I'm not going to the effort of typing this whole thing twice (my page closed on me), so I'll be brief. I've been using this Senator pen for a while now and I've come to really appreciate it, however, no matter how extensive my searching, I cannot find information on the pen. I've found pens similar to my one, from Senator, however there are still distinctive differences so I've ruled them out. The pen is good for a lefty (I am one of those) as the nib is fine, or even extra-fine (brass?), meaning it's very conservative and I don't get any smudging, however it can be kind of scratchy at times. There is no other name or marking on the pen apart from 'senator', on both the nib and the lid. It must be mentioned that even though I'd love to hear that this pen is actually a rarity or good quality pen, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a cheap import knock-off. Any information on this pen would be interesting and welcomed.. Thanks!
  16. AAAndrew

    Sheaffer Sales Training Video 1943

    I'm double posting this, to here and to the Pen History forum. If this violates the rules too badly, I apologize and will delete this one if necessary. I have been converting our old VHS tapes to DVD and in our very large collection I ran across one that I had gotten some years ago (over 11 at least). I don't remember where I got it but I believe it may have been someone from this or some other fountain pen forum back earlier this century. https://youtu.be/A8BiarUbUJE The video is from 1943 and is, I believe, a training film for Sheaffer salesmen. It's made by Jam Handy Productions, known for their training and industrial films. In the film a salesman expresses frustration to his boss about the number of pens Sheaffer is producing, which is not enough to satisfy his dealers. The boss then explains about everything that Sheaffer is doing for the war effort and explains why they are producing fewer pens. The film then goes on to address several other "concerns" of the dealers the salesmen works with, including quality of construction of the pens and consistency of leadership. These questions give us then the opportunity to lean about the new Sheaffer Triumph nib, Scrip writing fluid (they never use the term "ink"), and even to see old W.A. Sheaffer himself as well as his son Craig who has been running the business since 1937. The quality is not great since it's most likely a multi-generational VHS copy that's over a decade old, but it's still fun to watch. I tried searching the archives and the only Sheaffer film I can find referenced is the old 26 letters one. https://youtu.be/A8BiarUbUJE
  17. Rhianna1001

    Limited Edition Parker?

    I have recently found a fountain Parker pen my dad gave me years ago. I decided today I wanted to know what model my pen was and a little bit about it or if there is any history. Since searching the Internet the closest thing I can find is a limited edition blue marble centennial pen however I wondered if anyone could help identify the pen and conferm my guess or not. I have two of the pens both are fountain and have screw caps. I would also like to know why one of the nibs has become discoloured and if there is anything I can do. Thank you and any advise is much appreciated
  18. Many years ago, my former brother-in-law found out I love fountain pens and every holiday presented me with all sorts of old pens that he'd bought at various and sundry estate and garage sales. I've had them for a long time, but never tried to use or repair them. Now, looking at all the folks who are actively using all these wonderful old pens, I'm wondering how to start checking out mine and possibly use them. My concern is damaging something inadvertently by perhaps prying off where I shouldn't. Or trying to fill something that has a dead bladder. Or something I don't know about simply because I haven't learned as much as I want to. Obviously, photos will be forthcoming - and perhaps getting solid IDs on these pens individually may be where I should start. That being said, is there some other methodology or tip that can help get me writing with these lovely old antiques?
  19. Okay, so today I hit an Estate Sale and snagged a Pacific Pen and Pencil set. Both cleaned up quite nicely and the brass looks good also, but I've never heard of this .....what ....9th tier, lol, company? I have not been able to find one single reference to either pen or pencil and nothing for Pacific. I'm at a complete loss. The nib is the basic Supreme 14K Gold Plate and the pen needs a new sack. Pencil needs lead, lol. The color is beautiful and the emblem looks to be a laurel with a P in the middle. Can't find any info anywhere on this!! Has anyone ever heard of such an animal? The nib says nothing of the size, so no clue what size it is. I may have gotten taken on this grouping, but hoping it writes well. Not a real flexible nib, but in good shape. Any thought would be be appreciated!! (The dark clip is on the pencil.) Attached Images
  20. Rhonlynn

    Presidential Pens

    As I read on the FPN, I found my niche. It's been covered here several times, but the website links don't often work. I think it'd be interesting to get a replica of pens (some are classics, still made. Some aren't fountain pens), the presidents used to sign bills. I want all politics put aside. It's not cheap, but it's interesting. I watched a video of Obama write, He seems to trace his letters with his fingers, then sign. I'm going to do a Google search tomorrow, no time today, I don't be near a computer. Any helpful links? -Rhonda
  21. Hi guys - I'm trying to get an article written about the Aurora 88, and the client specifically wants a "famous person" who has used the pen mentioned. Any ideas about where I could find such info or any suggestions? thanks!
  22. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19830621&id=2OYxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FOQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4345,157474 The Lamy 2000 costed $65 USD, the MB 149 a mere $250, etc. Even with inflation calculated, it does not seem as though the price of Montblanc pens has stayed the same... It provides some interesting reading nonetheless.
  23. AnnieB123

    Remmie L. Arnold

    I was reading on my lunch break and ran across some interesting info about Remmie L. Arnold (1894-1971), the president/owner of the Arnold Pen Company. He ran for governor of Virginia in 1949 on the democratic ticket, but didn't win. One other interesting thing I found out was that he was well known as a fair and ethical businessman and uncorrupt politician. Almost unheard of for his time period was his endorsement by Arthur Wergs Mitchell, a (the only?) black congressman during the New Deal period. Mitchell himself also ran during the 1949 gubenatorial primary and was a neighbour/friendly acquaintance of Arnold. Mitchell backed Arnold exclusively after Mitchell's loss during the primary because of Arnold's promise to 'deal with all Virginians fairly' whatever their ethnicity. As a city councilman, Arnold had also pushed through a budgetary increase earmarked for equality and fair access for public housing and recreational facilities for -everyone- (read: people of colour), and increased budgetary considerations for the black schools in Petersburg (schools were still segregated at this time). Here is a short clip from a biography of A. W. Mitchell which mentions Mr. Arnold. Here's a picture of the (restored) sign on the former site of the Arnold FP co, from last year, lit up at night. The building which held the offices of the Arnold Pen Co. has been converted into flats now, but the sign has been restored to functionality. I will probably get squirted with iron gall ink... but even though I own many more expensive and exclusive pens, I have always liked (and restored) Arnold pens. I submit that their very functionality and commonness and 'everyman' character makes them harder to find in good condition than a lot of the more expensive/exclusive pens. In 20 years these 3rd tier pens are going to be viewed the same way Esterbrooks are today, mark my words Here is a cool blog entry from Fountain Pen Restoration on having restored 2 of the Arnold Pen Co. combo pen/pencils. I find those 50s colours very cool and the designs are nifty. I hope it's ok for me to link a picture from the above blog (note: these are NOT MY PICTURES, they belong to Fountain Pen Restoration (which is an awesome blog, btw)). http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/munsonhsr/arnold%20pens/DSC_0005.jpg http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/munsonhsr/arnold%20pens/DSC_0006.jpg
  24. Bradford Hartley at 24 Downing Street, New York, in 1904 was advertising his high-end pens. Cheapest he made was $3.50, a steep price at the time. He offered to sell it by mail with monthly payments! $1 would get you the pen, with $1 in 30 days, $1 in 60 days, and $.50 balance in 90 days. I have an eyedropper with original nib that still performs well. Unfortunately, a Google search returns little info other than the ad from 1904. Any info of any nature would be appreciated.
  25. I have a Alfred Dunhill Limited Bulldog fountain Pen, that I received as a gift. Does anyone know the value of this pen and history of it. I am having a hard time finding this out. The pen is sterling silver, and looks great. Thanks, Concord Pen





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