Birthday Pens

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

Pelikan 100
Sheaffer Balance

1931 – Sheaffer launched the Feathertouch nib

1939 – Parker Duofold Geometric (Toothbrush)

Sheaffer Geometric Duofold aka Toothbrush

1940 – Parker Striped Duofold

Striped Duofolds

1941 – Parker 51

Parker 51

1952 – Sheaffer Snorkel

1962 – Parker Very Personal (VP)

1964/1965 – Parker 75 Sterling Silver Cross Hatch or Ciselé pattern

Rick's Parker 75 Cisele

1973/1974 – Montblanc revives Meisterstück 146

Montblanc Meisterstuck 146

1978 – Sheaffer Targa lacquer models (known as Laqué)

Sheaffer Targa Laque Blue Moire Classic

1985 – Waterman Man 200 (a slimmer model of the Man 100)

Waterman Man 200 Rhapsody Orange/Brown Ripple

So, what is your birthday pen?  Tell us, we’d love to know!

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4 thoughts on “Birthday Pens

  1. Hi Mike, great article on “Birthday Pens”!

    My own “birthday pen” would be a Parker 75 with Cisele pattern as shown in Rick’s photo above, but the two P75s I own in this pattern would be 1970- or- later production as they both have “dished tassies” (see http://www.parker75.com for more info on this great pen model). Guess that gives away my age (almost), eh? 😉

    In any case, the Parker ’75’ is a great fountain pen that straddles the line between vintage fountain pens and their modern counterparts; every serious pen collector should have one, IMHO.

    Keep up the good work on the LPC blog!

    Cheers,
    ~Maja

  2. Interesting post and book. I have a very limited pen library currently, but in my FPOTW I found that Faber-Castell introduced their “Gentleman” pen with a new piston fill mechanism in 1950. Many pen companies were having a tough time in the post-war years plus with the invasion of the ball points, there were few new pen introductions in my birth year.

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