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This photo is from 1940 showing Albert Einstein receiving his certificate of U.S. citizenship.

 

What pen would you guess is in his pocket? A Pelikan 100N?

 

 

 

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8a/Citizen-Einstein.jpg

 

 

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I have a 100 N here beside me and have enlarged the picutre. To me it looks like Mr. Einstein's pen has a shorter dome and a thicker clip ring. The one that I see in Andreas Lambrou's Fountain Pens book, under the chapter on vintage German pens, it looks most like a Pelikan 100 C. As near as i can tell, the only other one that comes close is a Faber Castell 52 Wertfullhalter. Both of those pens are from 1936.

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time. TS Eliot

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While we're on this topic, here is a photo of the pen Einstein used to write out his research on the Theory of Relativity. He gave it to his friend Paul Ehrenfest in 1921 when Ehrenfest became a professor at the University of Leiden.

 

http://www.museumboerhaave.nl/maandobjecten/2002-okt.html

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While we're on this topic, here is a photo of the pen Einstein used to write out his research on the Theory of Relativity. He gave it to his friend Paul Ehrenfest in 1921 when Ehrenfest became a professor at the University of Leiden.

 

http://www.museumboerhaave.nl/maandobjecten/2002-okt.html

 

Ah - A Waterman Taper-cap, probably a 22 or 24. Cool!

 

I am always a little surprised at how common American pens were in Europe at that time.

 

John

So if you have a lot of ink,

You should get a Yink, I think.

 

- Dr Suess

 

Always looking for pens by Baird-North, Charles Ingersoll, and nibs marked "CHI"

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While we're on this topic, here is a photo of the pen Einstein used to write out his research on the Theory of Relativity. He gave it to his friend Paul Ehrenfest in 1921 when Ehrenfest became a professor at the University of Leiden.

 

http://www.museumboerhaave.nl/maandobjecten/2002-okt.html

 

Ah - A Waterman Taper-cap, probably a 22 or 24. Cool!

 

I am always a little surprised at how common American pens were in Europe at that time.

 

John

 

Yes, I think the U.S. was the technology leader in FPs back then.

 

It's funny, I ran across a blog the other day where the person stated that the FP was invented by the French. He or she had apparently learned that the FP was invented by Waterman, saw that Waterman is based in France, and jumped to the conclusion it was invented by the French. :roflmho:

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It's funny, I ran across a blog the other day where the person stated that the FP was invented by the French. He or she had apparently learned that the FP was invented by Waterman, saw that Waterman is based in France, and jumped to the conclusion it was invented by the French. :roflmho:

 

Well, there are the Bion pens, named for Nicholas Bion of France, who first described them in 1709 - though he described them, but never claims to have invented one.

 

John

Edited by Johnny Appleseed

So if you have a lot of ink,

You should get a Yink, I think.

 

- Dr Suess

 

Always looking for pens by Baird-North, Charles Ingersoll, and nibs marked "CHI"

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Looks like a Pelikan 140 to me, given the size. It looks rather small...

 

cheers,

Nenad

 

edit: oopps, I just find out I can zoom the photo. Well, from the shape of the blind cap, I say 100N...

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Pelikan 100

Einstein's pocket

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And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time. TS Eliot

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Waterman taper-cap

 

 

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time. TS Eliot

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I think it's clearly a Monteverde Cambria, from 2003. With relativistic time travel, this would not have been a problem for Albert.

 

Wow. He actually did it!

Fool: One who subverts convention or orthodoxy or varies from social conformity in order to reveal spiritual or moral truth.

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It's funny, I ran across a blog the other day where the person stated that the FP was invented by the French. He or she had apparently learned that the FP was invented by Waterman, saw that Waterman is based in France, and jumped to the conclusion it was invented by the French. :roflmho:

 

Well, there are the Bion pens, named for Nicholas Bion of France, who first described them in 1709 - though he described them, but never claims to have invented one.

 

John

 

 

Thanks goodness some of us get the right perpective no matter the nationality....inventing and registering are two different things. Yes, the first FP described in detail was from this Frenchman, Bion, back 1702 although they are even earlier third party references, non documented, though by Spaniards and Italians. So Monsier Bion was the culprit.

On the other hand, no doubt US industrious companies made it affordable and mass produce, so we all can enjoy ours today.

 

The FP looks like a Pelikan to me, but go figure.

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I wonder if this was his everyday writer or his "special occasion" pocket jewelry (i.e. the MB of yesteryear).

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."

Oscar Wilde

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From what I have read of him I'd be surprised if he had "pocket jewelery" that wasn't also an everyday user.

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Yes, it looks like a Pelikan of the 1920', which had Pelikan's own ink and MontBlank nib with an impressive range of tips.

 

http://www.pentrace.net/penbase/Data_Retur...icle.asp?id=368

 

Luca

 

My Writing Instruments (selection):

Graf von Faber-Castell, Classic, 18k nib in ebony wood dress

Pelikan, M800, 18k nib in black resin/plastic dress

Stipula, Etruria Nera, 18k nib in black celluloid dress

Parker, Jotter, black gel ink refill in stainless steel dress

 

<a href="http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=49361&st=0">Classification of Paper, Inks, and Writing Instruments</a>

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I have nothing really to contribute to this thread. Just wanted to chime in and say that I absolutely love this topic! :thumbup: Great post and enjoyable to boot! Being German, I feel ashamed that the political sea change in Germany forced a great researcher like Einstein not to return to his home. The Nazis were really effective in expelling Germany's greatest minds.

Good to see though, that he kept some German keepsakes (that is if this is really a Pelikan in his pocket which I don't really doubt).

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I think it's clearly a Monteverde Cambria, from 2003. With relativistic time travel, this would not have been a problem for Albert.

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v167/hisnibs/Blog/Miscellaneous/cambriaclipmirror.jpg

 

Actually it would still be a problem. Relativistic time travel only allows you to jump forward in time, not back.

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