At our July meeting, members were asked to bring their oldest pen. We had a great turnout and everyone brought an interesting pen to share.
The oldest pen was an 1885 Fairchild Unique owned by Kerry Kemp.
Ted Felton brought several pens, including this beautiful 1919 Eversharp Unique 11SW US Navy edition gold filled pen accompanied by a wonderful folding knife with the Navy emblem on it. Just a spectacular piece.
Below left is a beautiful Waterman #54 in red ripple with flex nib from the mid-20s shown by Perry Kearney. Jim DeLamar's Parker Lucky Curve, below right, dates to 1919-1920.
We don't have photos of the rest, but they included Grayling Hill's 1909 Waterman Ideal "Clip Cap" and a Rexal 1918 Monogram, Sam Highsmith's Parker Jackknife Safety pen, Miranda Grimm's beautiful blue Spors pen, Anthony Grimm's 1940's Conklin, and Nicole Smith's 1920's Liberty BCHR pen.
We've all seen vintage fountain pen advertisements, either at pen shows, at a local meet up, or of course on ebay. This Sheaffer Sentinel ad is a little different though, so we thought we'd share it.
This is a "printer's proof", provided to the customer (the ad agency) to approve before running in newspapers and magazines. Judging by how narrow and tall it is, it was probably a half-page-width vertical ad. Look closely at the top and you'll see a list of the 24 major newspapers it was scheduled to appear in on Sunday, April 10, 1949. We've included a close up of that section below.
This and several other "printer's proof" examples can be seen at our next meeting on July 11th. Hope to see you there.
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