Monthly Archives: April 2014

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 16th!

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!