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!

Directions to our Meetings

All Meeting are held at:

Presbyterian Homes & Services

2845 Hamline Ave. N

St. Paul, MN 55113

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January 2015 Meeting Recap

The January Meeting was held on Friday January 23 at 6:30.  The Topic was Custom Pens, and after the formal meeting was conducted by President Francis Bulbulian, numerous collections were shared by several members.  Following are photos from the meeting, concentrating on the monthly theme.  Thank you to Jim for the treats.  REMINDER:  2015 dues of $20.00 are due now and may be paid at the next meeting to Francis.  Checks and/or cash is acceptable.

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Some Minnesota Finds and Displays from Jim:

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Finally, member Joel will be having a Pottery Show in St. Peter from February 13 – March 15. All are welcome, and the advertisement is below!

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The theme for next months meeting (February 20) will be Japanese Pens. Round up those Sailors, Pilots, Platinums, and many others to show and tell…..

January 2015 Meeting Date Change

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Our January Meeting date has been changed to January 23 at 6:30 pm, instead of the scheduled January 16 date.  Please make note of this and plan on attending on the 23rd.  The Theme for the evening is Custom Fountain Pens.  So, bring a few custom made pens that you may have and enjoy an evening of discussion and pen fun!


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