November 2015 Meeting

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The November Meeting will be this Friday (November 20) at 6:30!  Our Theme is Pen Photography and will be driven by Jana Harrer, our Member expert on Pen Photography and Presentations.

Here are a few words from Jana in her most recent email to us announcing the Theme ~

“I wanted to remind everyone that for our photography topic this week I will be bringing my camera equipment, a couple light boxes and a big box full of fun props for staging pens.

If you want to bring some pens to photograph I think we can have some fun trying out some of the tips and tricks we’ll be discussing. I’d be happy to do some post production work on a few shots and post to a sharing site after if anyone is interested. Also, if you have any favorite props for staging bring them too!”

So, bring a favorite pen or prop that you want to have immortalized in the digital universe!


October Meeting Summary

The October Meeting and it theme of Filling Systems took place on October 16.

Here are Meeting Notes as compiled by President Francis Bulbulian ~

  1.   Attendees;

Barry Kiel                Basil Gilliland

Robb Swenson        Joel Molin

Randy Kirsch             Fritz Ferris

Frank Crescioni           Brent Bills

Neil Lutsky               Brian Holstein

Ted Allen                 Francis Bulbulian

Jana Harrer

  1. Discussion of various unique filling system devised by various pen companies to go around the competition. In some cases the birth of a unique filling system was introduced.  As one example the Pelikan piston filler.
  2. Below is a description of the various pens & their filling systems brought to the meeting by attendees.
  • Early & rare Sheaffer Vacuum Fillerversion with a bladder that you twist to fill the pen. See photos attached
  • Waterman Sleeve Filler; one of the early filling systems devised by the company.
  • Match Stick filler; this one by Puritan Pen Co.  That you could use a match stick to depress the bladder. There are other companies, such as Eagle Pen, around that time, that used a coin to depress the bladder to fill the pen.
  • Onoto Vacuum Filler; one of the early true piston vacuum fillers.  We were not sure if Sheaffer adopt the system.
  • No name blow filler; pen with a hole at the end of the barrel. You blow into the hole and the rubber sack depresses to fill the pen with ink, Chilton had a similar system.
  • rare no name English pen( very likely made by Conway Stewart) button filler with a cap on the button filler,  similar to Parker Big Red, but the blind cap has a actuating lever to assist in filling the pen. Was it to go around the Parker patent?
  • Weidlich bulb filler; a very simple mechanism as used on early “dollar pens”. You unscrew the barrel and press with you finger the rubber sack to fill the pen. Voila!
  • Parker 61 Capillary filler; to keep the pen’s nib and shell ink free when filling Parker had a very novel idea. Unscrew the barrel and  dip the Teflon coated cartridge into the ink bottle  and by capillary action the ink is sucked into the reservoir. Very novel idea however if ink sits in the reservoir for a couple of weeks cleaning the reservoir is time consuming.
  • Chilton “Pneumatic filler’
  • Minnesota Pen Company
  1. Pen Cartoon Winners;Neil & Fritz were given their prizes. Submit your cartoon caption for Challenge Round #7 to Frank C. by e-mail for the next meeting ballot. The cartoon was published in the last issue of the newsletter.
  2. Next meeting date is November 20th. Theme is Pen Photography techniques and lighting by Jana Harrer. A power point presentation and live demonstration will be given.  Bring you favorite pen to be photographed in the demonstration by Jana.
  3. Election of officers: The full slate of the existing 2015 officers were unanimously elected to serve again in 2016.

Thank you, Francis, for summarizing the meeting for us!


September Meeting Recap

As you can see from the photos, our September meeting was one of our largest ever.

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The topic was Parker 51s and there were some amazing examples of various collections for viewing. We also watched a video by Jim Marshall on Parker 51 repair techniques which was very informative. We will be purchasing a few copies for member use in the future. Here are a few photos of some of the shared 51s!

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The October Meeting is coming up on Friday October 16.  Stay tuned for more information….

September 2015 Meeting

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Mark your Calendar – Friday September 18, 2015 is our monthly meeting and the topic is the ever popular Parker 51!  Bring any and all items that pertain to this iconic pen.


August 2015 Meeting

The August Meeting was attended by a large group, who enjoyed our theme – Small Pens and Pencils!  Here are a few of Francis’ photos (thank you Francis!) as a family member deleted mine :(.

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Thank you, everyone, for sharing your small writing instruments! The next meeting is Friday September 18 at 6:30!

July Meeting Summary

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The July Meeting was well attended and the theme was parts exchange.  Everyone searched f0r that nib, section, cap, or clip that might complete their pen.

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We also watched part 1 of the Parker Pencil Repair video by Dr. Jim Marshall.

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It was fascinating, even for us pen enthusiasts!

Stay tuned for announcements on the August Meeting, to be held on August 21st at 6:30 pm. See the directions and map on the left of this page.

July 2015 Meeting

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The July 2015 Meeting will be this Friday (July 17th) at 6:30 at the Presbyterian Homes Building.  The topic for this months meeting is Parker Pencil Repair.  We also will be having a parts exchange, so bring any extra pen parts you may have laying around.  You never know – what you consider a spare part with no use, may be exactly what another member need to complete a pen they may be working on.

Frank has completed this month’s newsletter and he will have copies at the meeting. Not to be missed in the Newsletter is Nyleen’s report on her trip to the Antiques Road Show in Omaha with her Waterman collection!

See you all there!

March 2015 Meeting

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The March Meeting was held on the evening of the 20th.  The topic was Mabie Todd Pens.  Several members brought collections, both large and small.  Those of us without representative pens enjoyed a Mabie Todd talk by Francis and looking at several of these collections.  A few photos follow.

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Next Month’s Meeting will be on April 17th at 6:30 and the topic will be Desk Sets. Bring up to 5 of your Desk Pens/Sets for show and tell. See you then!

March Meeting

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The PENS March 2015 Meeting will be on Friday March 20 at 6:30 pm.

The Topic for this Friday is Swan Mabie Todd Pens and Ephemera.  Please bring any items that you have related to this as well as your recent finds.  We look forward to an entertaining evening.

February 2015 Meeting

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Japanese Pens was the theme of the February meeting. There was surprisingly a large collection and variety of Japanese pens that members brought to show and tell.  Nyleen brought an aesthetically pleasing store display for ink bottles sent to her by a friend from Japan (see photo). Basil had the largest collection and variety of Japanese pens such as Namiki, Pilot, Platinum & their sub-brands. Francis brought a recent book on Japanese pens written by Andreas Lambrou & Masamichi Sunami for reference.  Mr. Sunami  has one of the largest collection of Japanese pens & ephemera in the world.

Articles for our Newsletter: We discussed each member doing a short write up on their area of interest/expertise, which will then be featured in the monthly P.E.N.S. newsletter.  Jim Nelson has volunteered to do a piece on early evolution of Ink Blotters.  Pranay volunteered to do a piece on a Pen Shop in his home town in India.  Please volunteer to add to this project!

Our next meeting is on March 20th.  The theme of the meeting is Swan Mabie Todd Pens & Ephemera.  Please remember the meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  In order to help Randy who lets us in the building, try be on time to minimize his back & fort shuttle to open front door.  Thank you!


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