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Catalog 89 (Apr 2019)

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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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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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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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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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Waterman World’s Smallest Safety Vintage Pen

This is a 1910 Waterman – “World’s Smallest SAFETY Pen” eyedropper-fill in Black Hard Rubber. Yes, it has an operating spiral, just like any of the larger size production models! See above for more information about Waterman’s World’s Smallest Pens. Near mint+, and extremely rare, especially in the original cardboard box! Check out our Catalog to view this item’s availability! Item #6 in Catalog #86.

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Waterman World’s Smallest Pen Doll Vintage Pen

This is a 1910 Waterman – “World’s Smallest Pen” eyedropper-fill in Black Hard Rubber. Often called the “Doll Pen” because one rests in Queen Mary’s doll house, on the King’s Library Table. Just over 1.5″ long and less than 1/8″ in diameter, this pen was actually produced by Waterman as a way for their salesmen to spend time with potential new accounts. Their salesmen would visit a druggist, jeweler, shop owner, to try to open …

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Parker Red Giant in Cardinal Hard Rubber Vintage Pen

This is a 1901 Parker Red Giant eyedropper-fill in Cardinal Hard Rubber. The first I have ever seen without any cap cracks and with all parts intact! Described by Parker in 1908 as follows: “It’s so big and startling we will guarantee a broad smile from You when You see it. It is made entirely of maroon rubber, fitted with a No. 10 pen, and the price will be $10. We will be ready to …

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