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March 2013 Meeting Recap

The March 15 meeting was attended by a seven hearty souls who braved the snowy roads for a fun time of coffee drinking, bagel eating, and fountain pen memorabilia sharing.  Here are a few photos of some of the members’ contributions.

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Two reminders ~  Annual dues are still outstanding for some members.  Please try to remember to bring these to an upcoming meeting – and don’t forget to bring a friend or potential new member to a meeting also!

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February Meeting Recap

Our February meeting was on the 15th and the covered topic was Eagle Writing Instruments.  Many members brought in their collections and discussed them.  Basil gave a very informative talk on their history, using his collection as a perfect guide.  Here are a few photos of some examples ~

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We also tested several inks that the members brought it and there was great food/drink and a bit of trading and selling. We look forward to everyone attending next month and don’t forget to invite new members!

January Meeting Recap

Friday night’s meeting was well attended, though this month’s host, Frank, was unfortunately under the weather.  We hope he get better soon!    The topic for this month was brown striated Sheaffer Pens.  Here are a few photos ~

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Robb brought in this neat Sheaffer Desk set that he found recently. Mint condition and still packaged!

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Edit~(1-21-13)  Francis sent this photo taken at the end of the meeting of a few stragglers.  Thank you to Robb for taking the photo.

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The next meeting is February 15 at 7:00 pm!

2012 Holiday Party

The Holiday Party was held on December 30 at the Summer House in Shoreview.  The food and friendship was plentiful.  Fritz, Basil, and Mike all provided entertaining Pen themed puzzlers for the Members and spouses.  Once again, we awarded prizes for the prettiest and ugliest pens, and had a gift (pens, of course) exchange.  Thank you to the Summer House for their hospitality, and to Fritz for spearheading this fun evening.

Unfortunately, the Webmaster was having such a good time that he did not take many photos this year. Here are a couple of the “quiz tables”.

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August 2012 Meeting Recap

The August meeting was held this past Friday evening and we all enjoyed sharing our recent finds and sharing some of our Favorite Pens, which was this month’s discussion topic.  Everyone had some very interesting pens and stories behind them, and the food was top shelf. Here are a two photos of various collections of favorites ~

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Jim shared a unique find – an interesting Fountainball – reminiscent of the recent entry by Parker – a blasphemy to the Fountain Pen Collector, but quite interesting.

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Finally, our Treasurer Neil, traveled all the way to Vilnius, Lithuania to purchase this beauty he shared with us – a large Parker imitation – alas a ballpoint….

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And don’t forget our next meeting on Friday September 21st. The topic selected by our host will be Blue Esterbrook Pens.

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July Meeting

July’s meeting on Friday the 20th was highlighted by a fascinating talk by Anthony Scott, who shared his fabulous, monumental effort reverse engineering drawings of many antique pens  Below are a few photos that do not do justice to his work.  Thank you to Anthony for sharing all of this work.  We look forward to another presentation in the near future!

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We have some video of the meeting and it will be posted in the future.

Don’t forget the August Meeting on August 18th!

May Meeting Recap

Our May Meeting was held last night (May 19th) at 7:00 pm.  It was a very interesting and informative get together.

Prior to getting started, a few of our members trading pen stories and information ~

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Frank talked about the Chicago show that several members attended.   Here is a photo of his big find at the show ~ a stunning Sterling Silver 1920s Swan set.

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Our theme was writing paper, journals, note pads, and cards. Each member shared their preferences and we learned that there are as many choices as members….

On of our own, Joel , a retired art teacher, was recently selected by Noodlers Ink and Pens (Nathan Tardif) as the winner of the Noodlers Art Contest. He was amazed to find a full array of Noodlers Pens and Ink as a prize! We were fortunate that he brought all of the pens for us to see. Not only all of the colors of the regular Noodlers lines, but several prototypes, pens with 14K nibs, unique nibs, and a few unique filling systems. Here is a photo of his prize pen group.

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And, here is the winning print. As you can see, Joel is an extremely talented artist!

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Thank you to Frank for the Chicago Report and his newsletter, Joel for the Noodlers Report, and Barry for the interesting theme this month. Don’t forget that next month’s meeting will be on Friday June 15th.

April Meeting Recap

This month’s meeting was well attended on the 20th. Our topic was ” Your Favorite Nibs”. Here is a photo of some nice vintage pens belonging to Fritz, which he discussed. Everyone chipped in with some very interesting stories of pens they enjoy writing with and showing examples. Interestingly, Barry suggested a related topic for next months meeting – materials that we enjoy writing on. Thank you Barry, and we look forward to this topic in May.

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Mike Carter, our resident pen restorer, and owner of Fountain Pen Recycler, spoke and demonstrated on repairing a Mont Blanc Safety Pen. Here are two photos of his talk, which provided a lot of information on these vintage Mont Blancs.

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Finally, on the humorous side, Neil (our Treasurer) shared the new spelling of our Club (according to our Bank’s check writing software) ~

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At least Northern was spelled correctly!

March Meeting Recap

Cliff Lawrence, Pen Fanciers, and Blue Parkers !

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The March meeting was on March 16.  Fritz put together a very comprehensive and entertaining talk and PowerPoint presentation on Cliff Lawrence and his extremely important contributions and place in the hobby of Fountain Pen Collecting and Repair.

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We then were treated to show and tell of many member’s collections of Blue Parker Pens and Sets, thanks to this months host, Teresa. Here are a few samples. Thank you to all who participated!

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Esterbrook Finds

Our December Meeting was highlighted by an I Pad photo presentation of some amazing Esterbrooks that Francis shot at the Columbus, Ohio show.  All photographs are courtesy of Frank Tedesco, a noted collector and friend of Francis’.  He has graciously given us his permission to show a very small part of his collection, some of which are prototypes which did not see production.   For those attending future shows, I would encourage you to seek Mr. Tedesco out for more information.  Thank you again to Frank and Francis!

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