I have gathered a smattering of birth years of LPC members and their related birthday pens, i.e., notable pens, etc… that were introduced at that time. My reference source for this information is The Chronicle of the Fountain Pen, Stories within a Story, By Joao Pavao Martins, Luiz Leite, and Antonio Gagean. This book was published in 2007 and is a terrific book for this particular purpose. Each chapter is organized in a chronological manner and includes a time line showing the main historical events around that time together with the models introduced by each manufacturer. Maja of the Vancouver Pen Club was also kind enough to mention that Richard’s Pens has a similar birthday pen time line here.
I have also taken pictures of these pens from my collection (where I have them) and you will notice that these pictures are not nearly the quality as Rick’s picture of his Parker 75.
Year – Manufacturer/Model
1929 – Pelikan 100, Sheaffer Balance & Waterman Patrician
1931 – Sheaffer launched the Feathertouch nib
1939 – Parker Duofold Geometric (Toothbrush)
1940 – Parker Striped Duofold
1941 – Parker 51
1952 – Sheaffer Snorkel
1962 – Parker Very Personal (VP)
1964/1965 – Parker 75 Sterling Silver Cross Hatch or Ciselé pattern
1973/1974 – Montblanc revives Meisterstück 146
1978 – Sheaffer Targa lacquer models (known as Laqué)
1985 – Waterman Man 200 (a slimmer model of the Man 100)
So, what is your birthday pen? Tell us, we’d love to know!