Category Archives: Minnesota Pens

November 2019 Meeting

The November Meeting took place on the 15th and the topic was Minnesota Pens, let by Francis who had many interesting examples and a video presentation.  Several Minnesota Pen and Pencil manufacturers and / or sellers were discussed, including W.A. Houston (Tracy), Kraker and his various pen names (Minneapolis), Ingersoll, Rentz (Wells), Haspil (Detroit Lakes), among others.

Remember, there is no December meeting.  We will have the Holiday Party on January 5 (stay tuned for more detailed information on times and location) and the regular January meeting on the 17th.

And finally, Francis delivered some good news that Frank is back home and recovering well! We look forward to seeing him very soon!

Below are a few photos of some Minnesota Pens~

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June 2017 Meeting


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The June 2017 Meeting will be at 6:30 this Friday night, June 16.  The topic for the meeting is Minnesota Pens!

Francis will have a presentation and we are hopeful that Steve Nelson, Minnesota Pen Expert, will be here to contribute.  So, bring your Minnesota pens and related memorabilia to make this a great meeting.

Below are a few photos from our May Meeting in which Francis gave an excellent video presentation on the Esterbrook Pen Company and their rich and long history.

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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!