Thursday, June 18, 2015

Photos from May meeting

We had an interesting meeting last month, when our topic was Fountain Pen Sets. Twenty-one members (including new member Elina) showed up at Perks pen store on Cambie Street. Many thanks to all members who attended! Here are some photos of us and the pens we brought for the topic:

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A nice group shot taken by Richard, our meeting host at Perks. From front & center, going counter-clockwise we have Ben R., me (Maja), Mark, Greg, Kristina, Aaron, Bruce, Patti (back), Elina (front), Mido, Bethany, Bill M, Tony, Peter, Bob W and Stuart. Not pictured: Richard, Joe, James, Wai, Barry K.

Mido suggested that we reuse this old meeting theme, so he brought three nice fountain pen sets for us to see. This one is a Parker '45' set in pristine NOS (New Old Stock) condition:

Mido also brought along a nice Wearever 'Deluxe 100' set (bottom center) and a lovely Sheaffer 'Balance' set in Marine Green (bottom right):
(Photo above) Mark brought along a gorgeous Waterman CF set (bottom center) and a Parker desk set, which does fit the theme of "sets", but was the only example we saw that night. We'll have to bring back "Desk Sets" as a theme sometime, I guess!

This is a cool vintage Waterman set that Mark is showing. Note the cufflinks that came with the writing instruments!

One of our newer members, Bill Mugford, brought along a classic Parker '75' fountain pen set in stainless steel.

That Stuart's ever-growing collection of Sheaffer 'Lady Sheaffer' writing instruments above. They were introduced in the late 1950s and targeted at a female audience. Note the various finishes and designs.

I brought quite a few sets, but in my haste to photograph other pens, I forgot to snap a pic of my own. I took this shot of my lovely Parker '51 Demi' fountain pen set at home.

Monday, June 1, 2015

June meeting info!

Many thanks to all who attended the May meeting at Perks. I will post photos from it this week here on our website--sorry for the delay!
Now, here is the info regarding our June meeting.....

Date: Thursday June 18, 2015
Place: Perks pen store, 5844 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm ("early birds" welcome at 6:00pm, to chat before the meeting...but please don't show up earlier than 6:00pm :)
Theme: "Pen Maintenance 101" and Pen & Ink Swap!

Perks' resident pen repairperson extraordinaire Mark Harcourt will be giving a talk & doing a demo on pen maintenance at the June meeting, so if you are interested in learning how to clean out your fountain pens (modern and vintage) and keep them clog-free (as much as possible :) please come to the meeting and learn something new!

Also, we will be having our first-ever pen swap! This is completely voluntary, of course, but if you have some fountain pens you haven't been using and want to trade with other VPC members, please bring them with you. Ditto for any inks you want to trade. We usually do the ink swap twice a year (May and November) but we forgot to do it last month, so we'll have it in June. As always, Newest Acquisitions is our secondary topic, so if you have some new-pen related stuff you want to show, please bring it with you.

Oh, and we will be having our annual VPC Summer Dinner in either July or August, in place of a regular meeting. More info on that later this month....Hope to see you at our June meeting. No RSVPs required for meetings held at Perks!
Cheers, ~Maja