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That seems like quite a promise to make for a dip pen! I do love those old timey ads, though. Newspapers had more charm back then, didn't they?


Though, the "Camel" seems a misnomer - is it not dromedaries that have just one bump, whereas camels have two?


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Dromedaries are camels. Bactrian camels (which are what you're thinking of) are the two humped ones. But they're both camels.

(Or, as a friend of mine who did her anthropology graduate level field work in Costa Rica said about llamas vs. alpacas -- "They're ruminants. They ALL spit....!" ;))

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"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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I can get a good-sized paragraph from a Hunt 99 with a wire spring around it, if they contrived to hold more ink than that it could last a really, really long time.

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“Fountain” pens were dip pens with a built-in or attached reservoir. They produced a “fountain” of ink. What we call fountain pens today were originally just an extension of the reservoir pens, but they began to put the reservoir of ink in the body of the pen rather than on the nib. Feeding it from the body to the end of the nib was the trick. Waterman was one of the first to figure out a better way of doing it, but was far from the first.


They even had reservoirs for quills, usually a metal insert into the shaft of, one would presume, a fairly short-cut quill end.


The earliest shaft-reservoir fountain pens often just used steel dip pen nibs, with the fancier ones using gold. Now we’re coming back around full circle with the fad for putting dip pen nibs onto fountain pens for the flex.


“When the historians of education do equal and exact justice to all who have contributed toward educational progress, they will devote several pages to those revolutionists who invented steel pens and blackboards.” V.T. Thayer, 1928

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From a compiled book of articles of 1901. Not sure why it's referred to as a fountain pen though.



Hi Bluey ,

Just a short message to tell you that you have a beautiful avatar ! Did you draw this picture ? Did you use fountain pen inks ?

Take care


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Someone on this FPN planet is bound to own one of these pens, right?

(You catch my drift: do the test, share some pics!)



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