Gary Lehrer


Matchbook – The Carter’s Ink Company

Carter’s History  – A Timeline  (Thanks mainly to Wikipedia) 1858: William Carter Company founded. Sold paper and repackaged other companies’ ink as his own. 1860: His brother, Edward Carter, joins the company, now called William Carter and Bro. ca. 1862: Ink manufacture began. Another brother, John H. Carter joins the company, now called William Carter and Bros. 1865: Cousin John W. Carter, joins the company, now called Carter Bros. & Company. 1868: Ink sales now …

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Paper Mate Pens – Matchbook

How did the Paper Mate Ballpen come to be? Read on… In 1943 the Biro brothers set up a ball pen manufacturing plant in Argentina. Their first design failed because it relied on gravity to feed the ball. Their second design was much more successful, using capillary attraction for the ink flow. While better, this design also failed in the marketplace, mainly due to problems with the ink. Eventually they closed up shop. The rights …

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Huge Waterman Poster in Paris

A monster poster, 48 feet wide and 32 feet high, was erected by M. Jules Fagard in the late 1920’s on the Grande Boulevard in Paris.  Fagard was the head of Waterman’s French subsidery. Even though other pen companies such as Parker, Sheaffer and Wahl Eversharp  modernized by switching to celluloid pens, Waterman stuck to hard rubber (having just invested a small fortune developing colored hard rubber — think Rose Ripple, Olive Ripple and Blue-Green Ripple). Even though Waterman eventually …

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REMMIE LeROY ARNOLD – on a Matchbook

You ask, “Why include Remmie LeRoy Arnold running for Governor of Virginia in a fountain pen blog?” Well, read on, by the second paragraph you will know. Read more and I’m sure you’ll say to yourself, “Wow, what a guy!” The following is from the Virginia Chronicle Recorder, November 26, 1948.     “Highlights in the Life of Remmie Leßoy Arnold.  A biographical sketch of the life of Remmie Leßoy Arnold, who has announced himself as a candidate …

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Matchbooks – Bruno’s PEN and Pencil

  Bruno’s Pen and Pencil was located on “Steak Row” in New York City, at 205 East 45th Street between Lexington and 1st Avenues. Nearby were other steak restaurants, three of which were opened by former Bruno employees: The Pressbox, The Editorial and Danny’s Hideaway. Others included the Fourth Estate, Late Edition and Front Page.               Why called the “PEN and PENCIL?” The area was literally flooded with journalists, …

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Fisher Space Pen – Salem Cigarettes

Taken to the Moon in 1969 During the first NASA missions the astronauts used pencils. For Project Gemini, for example, NASA ordered mechanical pencils in 1965 from Tycam Engineering Manufacturing, Inc., in Houston. The fixed price contract purchased 34 units at a total cost of $4,382.50, or $128.89 per unit. That created something of a controversy at the time, as many people believed it was a frivolous expense. NASA backtracked immediately and equipped the astronauts …

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Matchbook Advertising

Matchbook Advertising  A “matchcover”, or “matchbook cover” is a thin cardboard covering that folds over match sticks in a “book” or “pack” of matches. Covers have been used as a form of advertising since 1894, two years after they were patented [“Flexible Match” patented by Joseph Pusey]. Many historians point to the Mendelson Opera as the first to use matchbooks for advertising purposes; they hand wrote their promotional information on blank matchbook covers made by …

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Montblanc #8 Rouge et Noir Safety Vintage Pen

This is a 1920 Montblanc #8 Rouge et Noir Safety eyedropper-fill in Black Hard Rubber. “Rouge et Noir,” introduced in 1909, was the first line of pens produced by the Simplo Pen Company. Their second line of pens was the “Montblanc,” introduced a year later. In 1934, in recognition of the success and fame of the Montblanc line, the Simplo Pen Company was renamed “Montblanc Simplo GMBH”. The Rouge et Noir line continued until at …

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Cartier Louis Cartier Limited Edition Fountain Pen

This is a 2005 Cartier Louis Cartier Limited Edition No. 6 cartridge/converter-fill in solid 18K gold in Godron (heavy fluted) pattern. Three sapphires and two emeralds set into the clip. Black cabochon on barrel bottom. Two-toned, 18K, medium/fine nib. New-old-stock. Mint in box with velvet pouch, papers, outer box and letter of authenticity from Cartier. Check out our Catalog to view this item’s availability! Item #8 in Catalog #86.

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Ancora Lusso 38 Vintage Pen

This is a 1947 Ancora Lusso 38 Large PIF in Black with Blue Marble veining (unique and beautiful!). Lusso was Ancora’s prestige line at the time. GFT. Visualated barrel. Fine, extra-flexible nib. Over-the-top “Soldier” clip. Near mint. Check out our Catalog to view this item’s availability! Item #7 in Catalog #86.

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