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I’ve purchased several pens and accessories online from this venerable retailer, but does anyone know who its famous customers have been over the years? JFK and Churchill spring to mind, but I can’t find specific mention. Perhaps Dr. Freud or even Mark Twain perhaps purchased his Crescent Fillers there. Such trivia surely adds to the mystique. 

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Back in the 1980s & 90s, I used to visit Fahrney's often. One of the long time employees was a lady known as Miss Ozel. I've forgotten her last name.  She recalled that as a senator, JFK was an occasional customer at the store.  

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11 hours ago, Barry Gabay said:

Back in the 1980s & 90s, I used to visit Fahrney's often. One of the long time employees was a lady known as Miss Ozel. I've forgotten her last name.  She recalled that as a senator, JFK was an occasional customer at the store.  

A great anecdote. Twain and Freud would be a stretch, date-wise, but certainly the others could have crossed the threshold. 

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Hello Retrouser,  The woman's name may have been  Odel, rather than Ozel.  Sorry that I can't be more specific. I also recall a different clerk in the store once mentioning that the columnist George Will purchased a 149 from Fahrney's. 

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There was an article about her in Pen World some time in the 90s.  Likely to be found in the PCA Library.

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6 hours ago, Ron Z said:

There was an article about her in Pen World some time in the 90s.  Likely to be found in the PCA Library.

Tell us more about the PCA Library, please. 

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