April 2014 Meeting Recap

April 11 was another well-attended meeting, led by Francis Bulbulian and his discussion of Minnesota Pens and Pencils.  It is the hope that we will collectively be able to put together a booklet on the history of Minnesota Pen Companies and Marketers, to be shared with the pen community at large. A few of our fine State’s past Companies were Rentz/Self Lock, Pencraft (Yankee, Drew, Winter-Robbins, Minnesota etal), Houston(pre- Sioux City), Brown and Bigelow (Ingersoll),  Haspel, and others.   Thank you to Francis for his slide presentation and to Minnesota Pen expert Steve Nelson for sharing his insights and collection, as well as several other members who shared unique Minnesota Pens.  A few are highlighted below~

Also, thank you to Nyleen for putting together her bulk ink buy for many of the members.  Their inks were delivered at the meeting!

A portion of the large turnout

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Some Minnesota Pens and Ephemera ~

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Next month’s (May 2014) meeting will be on May 17th!

April 2014 Meeting

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This month’s meeting is at 7:00 am on Friday the 11th, not the 18th.   The topic is Minnesota Pens.  Yes, several Fountain Pens were actually made and/or marketed in locations all over Minnesota in the early part of the 20th Century.  There will be a short presentation on some of these as well as discussion.  So, bring your Minnesota Pens and memorabilia for a fun evening.

March 2014 Meeting Recap

The March Meeting was one of our largest meetings ever.  The topic was Conklin Pens.  Francis provided us all with and excellent slide presentation on the History of Conklin Pens, supplemented by the new Conklin book.  Several members brought their Conklin collections and photos follow below.

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A photo of some of the members after the Conklin talk, discussing the pens that they brought last month.

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Don’t’ forget that this (April) month’s meeting is on the 11th, not the 18th!   See you there!

March 2014 Meeting

Mark your calendars as we celebrate the melting of the snow, and meet on March 21 at 7:00 pm.  This month’s theme is Conklin Pens.

Bring any Conklin Pens, Memorabilia, Parts, or Questions to the Meeting.  We look forward to all members and guests!

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February 2014 Meeting

Ink and Paper was the theme of this February’s Meeting.  A few photos below and Meeting Notes follow (thank you Frances for sending these in my absence):

Some Inks ~

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A favorite Paper ~

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1.      Attendees:

·         Jim Nelson

·          Fritz Ferris

                  ·         Neil Lutsky

·         Randy Kirsch

·         Mike Carter

·         Frank Crescioni

·         Barry Kiel

·         Robb Swenson

·         Nyleen Mullally

·         Francis Bulbulian

·        Basil Gilliland

2.      We all agreed to change the April Pen Club meeting to the 11th of April due to Good Friday falling on the 18th.

3.      Francis reported on the LA Pen Show. Simply put; magnificent weather, good buys and sells, meeting friends from around the world, once again exchanging pen stories and pen finds. Very large crowds attended the show.   The Chicago Show is May 1st thru the 4th.

4.      The theme of the night was INKS & PAPER. Most people brought their favorite inks for show and tell. We tested some of them on paper donated by Robb. Here is a listing of some of the attendee’s favorites (see attachment). I might have missed a few.

·         Waterman – Havana Brown, Turquoise Blue, and Tropical Green

·         Pelikan – Purple

·         Omas – Sepia

·         Herbin – Rouge Hematite

·         Aurora – Black or Blue

·         Montblanc – Leonardo

·         Private Reserve –  Avocado

·         Akerman – Diap-Duinwaterbluw (yes that is a real name and if you’ve been to Amsterdam and tried to read the street sign you would understand).

·         Viscounti – Waterblue


5.     Our next meeting is March 21st and the theme will be Conklin Pens. Dig deep in your vaults and bring your Conklin Pens & Pencils, Conklin parts and memorabilia for the meeting!


Holiday Party

             PENS Holiday Party 2013

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Summerhouse Apartments, Community Room

4655 North Victoria St.

Shoreview, MN 55126-5885

Date: Sunday December 29th

 Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00PM

 *Please bring an appetizer, dessert, or beverage*


From Minneapolis:

Highway 94 East to 280 North, connect to 35W North.

North on 35W, then East on 694,

From 694, go North (Left) on Lexington to Hwy 96.

East (Right) on Hwy 96 to NorthVictoria, approx. 1 mile.

Turn left (North) at stoplight onto Victoria, 0.1 mile to Summerhouse Apartment on left side. Park in apartment parking lot, or in lot on left just before apartment.

This is a secure building. One of the PENS members, or our guest hostess Kay, will be at the door to greet you.

From St. Paul:

Highway 35E North to 694. Go West (left) on 694 to Lexington Ave. Go North (right) on Lexington to Hwy 96. Go East (right) on 96 to North Victoria, approx 1 mile. Turn left at stoplight onto North Victoria, 0.1 mile to Summerhouse Apartment on left side.

Park in apartment parking lot, or in lot on left just before apartment.

This is a secure building. One of the PENS members, or our guest hostess Kay, will be at the door to greet you.

If you have questions, or get lost, contact

Fritz Ferris @ 651-558-7048.


*Remember most beautiful pen, ugliest pen and pen exchange*

November Meeting

Below is a summary of the Friday November 15th Pen Club meeting.
Attendees were:

1.    Jim Nelson
2.    Fritz Ferris
3.    Max Joiner
4.    Neil Lutsky
5.    Mike Carter
6.    Susie Spain
7.    Joel Moline
8.    Frank Crescioni
9.    Barry Kiel
10.  Robb Swenson
11.   Nyleen Mullally
12.   Francis Bulbulian
13.   Basil Gilliland
14.   Phil Munson
15.   Pranny Somayjula
16.   David Pritchett
Formal election of officers for 2014 took place at the meeting . The present Board was reelected by acclamation.

Francis reported on the Ohio Pen Show held in Columbus, Ohio. A very well run and friendly show run by Terry Mawhorter. There were over 150 tables with 75% carrying vintage pens. There were 2 separate auctions at this      show; Friday and Saturday evening with about 100+ lots each evening.

The theme of the evening’s meeting was “Calligraphy” by Nyleen Mullally.  She discussed the history of calligraphy and had the attendees try their hand at Copperplate which is done with a flexible nib. I think everyone gained from the evening demonstration and penmanship test.  Below are photos of Nyleen’s outstanding presentation and demonstration, as well other members’ mastery of some of these fountain pen/ dip pen techniques.

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Don’t Forget !  Our December meeting will be the annual Christmas Party, December 29th, Sunday 4 PM to 9 PM.

October Meeting Summary

The October Meeting’s theme was Moore Pens.  The membership shared examples of their pens and here are a few photographs of a large Moore collection.

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Don’t forget that the November meeting is on the 15th!  Election of Officers for the 2014 year will occur, and the theme for the  meeting is Calligraphy by Nyleen Mullally!  She will demo standard calligraphy.  Bring a flexible nibbed pen and your favorite ink to practice “Copperplate” style of writing. You could also bring a dip pen with a flexible nib.

September 2013 Meeting Recap

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Sheaffer Friday it was! The above Jackie Gleason Sheaffer Advertisement is from the Collection (along with the Gold Snorkel) of Frank Crescioni, who gave a video presentation on the Sheaffer Pen Company 1953 to today. Thank you, Frank, for all of the information and work that went into putting this together.

After the video and slide show, the Members shared their recent finds and Sheaffer Collections.

Here are a few photos of these Collections.

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Don’t forget the October Meeting and Anthony Scott’s Discussion of Moore Pens!

September Meeting

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The September 2013 Meeting will be tomorrow (9-20) evening at 7:00 pm.  The Theme for this month’s Meeting will be Sheaffer Pens.  Frank Crescioni will discuss this famous Pen Company from our neighbor to the south – Iowa.

Please bring your favorite Sheaffer pens to show and discuss as well.    Additionally, Frank will have hard copies of our Newsletter which includes numerous articles, including ones on Frank Dubiel, and Pioneer Pens.

I apologize for not getting the August photos up yet. I will do so shortly (Edit 9-19-13:  see below for August Recap – PKM)


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