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You may enjoy watching "The Twenty-Six Old Characters", a 1947 movie made by the W. A. Sheaffer Pen Company.

 

http://youtu.be/1xUDehNvbrE

 

This movie contains a brief history of writing from the use of pictures to the development and use of letters as well as a brief history of the development of pens. In addition, the movie includes a discussion of the function and workings of fountain pens and some filler systems. Of course, since the movie was made by the W. A. Sheaffer Pen Company, Sheaffer fans should particularly enjoy it.

 

Can you identify the pens used in the movie? ; )

 

Enjoy! : )

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I cannot identify any of the pens, but I wanted to thank you for posting such an interesting video.

" Gladly would he learn and gladly teach" G. Chaucer

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Moshe ben David

Interesting video, even if they did play incredibly fast and loose with the evolution of the European alphabet!

Moshe ben David

 

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georges zaslavsky

One pen is a triumph valiant crest lever filler with silver frosted cap and a gold clip, another one was a valiant triumph, another valiant triumph vac fill fat model unicolor celluloid model used by the accountant, another triumph valiant used by a secretary, another valiant sentinel with a silver cap, another valiant triumph vac fill fat model unicolor celluloid model used by a woman, a triumph pen with a music nib used by a pianist, another valiant triumph vac fill fat model unicolor celluloid model used by a woman for writing in arabic, japanese and turkish

Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

 

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Great video...

 

A lovely advertisement. Fortunately 'time' is again taken into account at promoting a product, showing your level of interest, commitment and passion you have for whatever thing you're selling is always great marketing.

 

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richofthetower

What a great peek into the past: in marketing styles, a past lifestyle and world history! (and even campy acting)

Thanks for sharing that!

Rich

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I saw that! There's also another one on there that is for the sales force about how they make a lot for the war effort and because of that, they can't make many pens. I thought it was really interesting seeing shots of the inside of their factories.

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Ink Stained Wretch

I saw that! There's also another one on there that is for the sales force about how they make a lot for the war effort and because of that, they can't make many pens. I thought it was really interesting seeing shots of the inside of their factories.

 

Yeah, the Prelinger Archives is a great thing. A lot of stuff is getting preserved that might otherwise have joined a lot of old time radio and early TV shows in the landfill, or, as in the case of a lot of Doctor Who episodes, worse.

On a sacred quest for the perfect blue ink mixture!

ink stained wretch filling inkwell

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