Three Cheers for Scriptus 2014 – Toronto’s Fountain Pen & Writing Show!!!

What a terrific start to 2014!  A few days ago I received an email from Scriptus – the newly launched blog that provides details of Scriptus 2014 – Toronto’s Fountain Pen & Writing Show, scheduled for November 2, 2014 at the Appel Salon, 2nd flr., Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto.  This is the first of such shows in Toronto since 2010 and the organizer/driving force behind it is Philip Akin.  The blog provides interested readers with the ability to subscribe for updates, including inter alia sponsorship and vendor-exhibitor information.

The hobby of using & collecting of fountain pens and related items is strong and widespread across Canada as evidenced by the number of clubs – Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, GTA, and, of course, our club in London.  We Canadians need a pen show of our own so if there is ANYTHING that you can do to make this event a success, whether as a sponsor, vendor-exhibitor, volunteer,  or attendee please contact Philip at admin@scriptustoronto.com.

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Let’s Hear It (Once Again) for the Vancouver Pen Club!!

It appears that the Vancouver Pen Club (VPC) is at it once again.  It wasn’t that long ago that they were posing for centerfold of Pen World magazine (well, not actually the centerfold, it was a page near the center of the magazine).  Now they are celebrating another accomplishment as they get ready to hold their 50th meeting (to be held on August 16, 2012)!  Voltaire said, “The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it.”  To which I think it is quite appropriate to add, “So keep on doing it!”

There are many members who have played a great part in the life of the VPC – just read the VPC website  to see their numerous contributions.  First and foremost, let’s give all credit to Tim Conklin who had the inspiration to start the VPC in the fall of 2006 – you can read about it here.  Second, many, many thanks to Maja who has so graciously shared her experience and ideas so that we could make the LPC better.  Congratulations on this achievement and thank you to all involved in the VPC, you have set a standard for all clubs to aspire to!!

P.S.  Save me a big piece of cake!!

Great friends are hard to find!

And we are so very fortunate to be friends with the Vancouver Pen Club (VPC).  It has come to our attention that the VPC is now famous (Pen World famous, to be more accurate)!  The VPC is featured (I mean, check out this picture – they’re the headliners!) in the February 2011 issue of Pen World about pen clubs. The article mentions a number of other pen clubs too (alas, we were not, insert crying face :~)).  We did, however, get mentioned by Glenn Marcus in his Pen Views (Thanks Glenn!  I have also written to Glenn to advise him that we now meet at Williams on Wonderland)!

We are happy to toot (or is that re-toot?) the VPC’s horn!  Our pen-caps off to Maja and the rest of the gang.  You’ve got a terrific club, keep it going! 

You may say I’m just a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.  I hope someday you’ll join us for a combined Vancouver-London meeting/party.  Wouldn’t that be something?!?!  If we really get lucky, the Calgary Pen Club (CPC) would also join us.  Just imagine that – someone better call the RCMP right now!  (Ed. note: I did not mean to suggest that we would have to call the RCMP specifically because of the CPC; rather, the need is a result of the explosive combination of all three clubs.)

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!

New Year, New Look!

Happy 2010 to all of you!  We thought it was time to change/spruce things up a bit.  Let us know what you think – do you like the new format, can we do something better, etc.?  Our goal each year is to provide you with interesting information about anything and everything related to fountain pens.  My personal goal is to post more frequently and regularly over the course of the upcoming year.

Many of the ideas for these posts arise from discussions at the London Pen Club meetings (check out our web page) as well as information that we share with the terrific members of the Vancouver Pen Club and Calgary Pen Club.  If you are not currently a member of a pen club, try and find one nearby.  The opportunity to share this hobby with others of like interests but different experiences and backgrounds will increase your knowledge and enjoyment of it exponentially!

Once again, Happy 2010!  We are always pleased to hear your thoughts!

MikeW